She’s Back! Janet Jackson To Headline 2018 Essence Music Festival [Full Line-Up Revealed]

Published: Thursday 25th Jan 2018 by Sam

Janet Jackson is heading back to the stage and it’s a big one. Because it’s just been announced that the Queen of Pop will be headlining the 2018 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

Dive below for details…

Organizers made the reveal moments ago, confirming also that the likes of Mary J. Blige, Xscape, Erykah Badu, Fantasia, and Miguel will also be rocking the July 5th-8th extravaganza.

The full line-up is as follows:

Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, along with Snoop Dogg and more in a special curation by The Roots; 112;Daniel Caesar; D-Nice; Doug E. Fresh’s Legends of Hip-Hop Show featuring Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee and more; DVSN; Fantasia; H.E.R.; Idris Elba; Kelela; Kelly Price’s For The Love of R&B featuring Dave Hollister and Vaughn Willis; Kevin Ross; MAJOR.; Mali Music; Marsha Ambrosius; MC Lyte; Miguel; Mykia Jovan; Ro James; Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience featuring Wreckx-n-Effect, Blackstreet and Guy; The Read’s Kid Fury and Crissle; VICTORY, Xscape.

Jackson’s headlining spot follows her successful ‘State Of The World Tour’ of the US last year. Will this form part of more live show slayage for Ms. Jackson?! Stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, tickets for the 2018 Essence Music Festival are on sale…NOW! Click here for ticket info.

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  1. pat January 25, 2018

    I have a feeling Janet is not going to play in 2018 and I am ready!!!

    • Me Again… January 25, 2018

      You already known Pat! She’s got that hunger back! I am here for every minute of it!!

    • Renzo January 25, 2018

      I ageee!! Janet has Def got that’s hunger back and she about to kill it like No other !! If you went to the last tour you could tell that fire is back like never before !! I will be here

  2. Keith January 25, 2018

    Just when i thought i could save some money, lol!!!!! Wouldnt mind seeing HER and Kelela and Lyte and the Roots curation also…

  3. The Wig Snatcher January 25, 2018

    I’m so there!

  4. Haters Gon’ Hate January 25, 2018

    The stars are aligning for Queen Janet ? It makes a globally televised ‘moment’ appearing at SuperBowl kicking off 2018 to set up a new album, continuation of the tour outside the US, Essensence festival and circling back round, to tour the new album in North America in 2019 all the more logical…

    • Haters Gon’ Hate January 25, 2018

      Oh – and let’s not forget how this could all be packaged together nicely with the ‘rumoured’ Netflix documentary to plot the journey from out of the public eye, back to touring, to Super Bowl PT2 ….

      • Jasmine January 25, 2018

        You do realize that the superbowl is next weekend right? If Janet was performing it would have already been announced. She does not need to do the Superbowl unless she is headlining the event like Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Madonna did. Why on earth would she partake in being Justina’s special guest? No way that is happening.

      • Haters Gon’ Hate January 26, 2018

        You mean like they ‘Annouced’ that Missy Elliot was special guest during Katy Perry’s performance? It was a SURPRISE nothing was announced ??‍♂️

    • ??? January 25, 2018

      NO SUPERBOWL. let justina keep that mess lol. word on the street is that she’s presenting Tina Turner’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys!!

      • Lake Erie January 25, 2018

        SWEAR!!! Ohh!! I hope this is true!

      • Yonce January 25, 2018

        I hope that’s true seeing that Tina Tuner happens to be one of the influences.

  5. Elio January 25, 2018

    I mean . . Haters gonna say it’s fake, so real

  6. SMH January 25, 2018

    YES. Essence just confirmed this on Twitter. Booking my flight right now as we speak lol!

  7. Lake Erie January 25, 2018

    Come through Ms. Jackson!!

  8. RoyalKev January 25, 2018


  9. LB January 25, 2018

    I saw Janet live and how is it possible that a 52 year old woman has more stage presence and charisma than the 30 year old Rihanna. Its amazing how utterly lazy Rihanna is in her singing and “dancing”. Janet needs to come back to show these lazy h*** how its done.

  10. Yes January 25, 2018

    Will the microphone be turned on?

    • Jeans January 25, 2018


  11. olusheyi banjo January 25, 2018

    YES!!! i’m booking my ticket NOW

  12. RHJanstar January 25, 2018

    My Heart is Palpitating ❤️❤️❤️ It’s going down in Nawlins BaBaaaaay‼️

    • Jeans January 25, 2018

      She will SLAY AS USUAL

      • Jeans January 25, 2018

        Queen of stage! Best female performer of all time!

    • 4U2SEE January 26, 2018


  13. Marc Justin January 25, 2018

    No June’s Diary this year :’(

  14. eric January 25, 2018

    Aside from Janet, I don’t really like the lineup. Just give me Janet for 3 hours and I’ll buy a ticket quicker than anything.

  15. Deyzz January 26, 2018

    So many great acts! Big Daddy Kane?!! I am there!!!!

  16. Anita January 26, 2018

    I wasn’t planning on going until this morning when I heard Janet are performing and snoop and my man Adris Elba will be there and Mary J and Jill Scott, 112! Oh Hack! All I them! Let me just book my flight.

    • Anita January 26, 2018

      Sorry! I meant All of them!

  17. DanYiel Iman January 26, 2018

    I can’t with her strong whispers!!

    • Kenny April 15, 2018

      Boy your a fan

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