Top-billed by Bruno Mars and Janet Jackson, this year’s instalment of the annual New Orleans spectacle was initially set to take place July 3rd-5th.
However, the pandemic has forced organizers to postpone.
In a statement issued moments ago, reps issued a statement which read:
“Based on developments over the past couple of weeks, including updates from our city and health partners, we are officially announcing that we will move the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture closer to the fall.”
An expanded statement was shared on the official site of the popular event.
No word as at yet on whether the line-up, which also includes Janelle Monae, Summer Walker and Patti LaBelle, will remain exactly the same.
However, it’s worth noting that the festival’s official page still features Jackson and Mars on their site (which has been updated with the Fall verbiage).
While no doubt a blow, it’s comforting that the event will still be taking place. Especially with the likes of Coachella, Glastonbury, and London’s Lovebox all cancelled outright as a result of the pandemic.