Essence Festival Moves To Fall Due To Coronavirus

Published: Saturday 28th Mar 2020 by Sam

The Essence Festival is the latest high-profile event to have its plans affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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.

Details below…

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 for new updates. Tap the bio 🔗 to read the full statement.

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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.

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  1. Clarks0o0ñ March 28, 2020

    Future nostalgia hasnt still hit number one on the us iTunes album chart

    It has been number 2 since yesterday
    A rock band is blocking it from hitting number 1.

    • Are You Kidding Me? March 28, 2020

      Hey Bighead

  2. ? things get better soon! March 28, 2020

    It will get cancelled later this summer. True facts of this virus shows the USA won’t hit its peak until June….thats only if the states going into a national lockdown this week! With that not appearing to be the case, it will likely be longer. Not to mention a vaccine won’t likely be available for another 9 – 18 months. Y’all prepare for a wave of summer concert cancellations from artists and live nation! It will suck and hurt the industry, but our safety and ability to survive and pay bills is most important. I hope you’re all safe out there and check in on your family and friends! Peace and love!

  3. Haterz Gon‘ Hate March 28, 2020

    I love the optimism these entertainment organisers have but they need to put they nose ALLLLLLLLLL the way into that coffee ☕️ ☕️☕️☕️☕️ All data points to this pandemic disruption lasting well into 2021.

    Unless AEG have receipts that the US will 1. find a vaccination ? 2. get through all the healthcare workers 3. at risk citizens 4. and entire general public – so that people feel safe to congregate at a concert without getting infected And falling ill in a second wave – who are they kidding????

    Wake TF up!!! ??‍♂️??‍♂️??‍♂️??‍♂️

    • eric March 28, 2020

      I’d feel safe going to a concert TONIGHT, in spite of the inevitable 2nd, 3rd and 4th wave.

      • Haterz Gon‘ Hate March 28, 2020

        Unfortunately you going to a concert isn’t going to help the promoter and Organizer turn a profit. We are talking a the decision of thousands of people to feel safe to attend a concert after the biggest pandemic in our lifetime

  4. Shayla Queen ? March 28, 2020

    NorMAN is an ugly man-looking flop with a man’s body and a man’s name. Hey, Norman, boo ??

    • Normani The Flop Whisperer March 28, 2020


    • Normani The Flop Whisperer March 28, 2020

      I’m happy for Da Brat and Normani??

      • Bogus March 29, 2020

        What dumb a s s you’re broke and talking in a comment section she’ll never see

  5. eric March 28, 2020

    Oh no. I wonder if Janet plans to move the Black Diamond tour. 🙁 🙁

    The spread of the virus and number of confirmed cases will not stop without a vaccine and that’s atleast one year out. The incubation period for the virus is reportedly 5 days. Think of the domino effect in 5 days as the virus is unknowingly passed from one person to another. At some point, we’ll have to admit that there is no stopping this and end the shutdown. How would America’s perception change if the media started reporting the number of cases that resolve on their own without hospitalization?

  6. Andrew March 29, 2020

    They make me laugh with these delays! It’s gonna be a whole new world after c*****!

  7. What would Whitney Hthe first time… ouston would do March 29, 2020

    WTF if Janet doing….Micheal don’t like that…, they would never take a picture with Bruno Mars m… Are you serious….. Micheal would never…. Ewwwwwwwww janet

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