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).
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Two weeks ago, we announced plans for the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ and indicated that we would continue to evaluate the novel coronavirus crisis using all available resources and intelligence towards ensuring our first priority – the safety and well-being of our Festival-goers and everyone who contributes to making the Festival such a unique experience. As we committed at that time, we have continued to closely monitor the unfolding developments and updated information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health agencies and our partners in the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana. 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. As we previously indicated, we were already moving forward with identifying and securing alternate dates and will be prepared to announce those shortly. We are excited to share that previously announced talent will remain in our line-up for the postponed dates, and we will honor all tickets sold for prior scheduled performances. Continue to visit www.essencefestival.com for new updates. Tap the bio 🔗 to read the full statement.
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.