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Megan Thee Stallion, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott Headline + Full Essence Fest 2023 Lineup

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The first look at the Essence Festival 2023 line-up has finally been revealed.  As usual, the Festival will take place in New Orleans during July 4th weekend, this year falling on June 29th – July 3rd.  The headliners have been revealed as Ms. Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion.  More of the Essence Fest 2023 line-up will undoubtably be revealed over the coming weeks, but here’s what we know now.

This Essence Fest 2023 is being billed as a celebration of Hip-Hop’s 50 years.  That makes the headliners make perfect sense.  Another confirmed performance on the mainstage is Jermaine Dupri and Friends.

Here’s what Essence Fest shared on social media:

“50 years of Hip-Hop takes the main stage as the largest festival (per day attendance- fact check us if you need to ) in the nation is returning to New Orleans, baby! Consider this your official invite.”

When: June 29th – July 3rd.
Where: NOLA

The Headliners: Missy Elliott, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion

The South Got Something To Say:
Curated by Jermaine Dupri
with Big Boi, Gucci Mane, Lil Jon, Ludacris & T.I.

50th Anniversary Celebration of Hip-Hop:
Curated by Doug E. Fresh
with Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, KRS-One, Slick Rick

Performances from Coco Jones, Tems, Monica, Kizz Daniel, Muni Long, & more.

Special Guest:  Wizkid

Guest DJs:  Kid Kapri. DJ Clark Kent, Dj Spinderella

Hosted by: Deon Cole, Affion Crocket & Spice Adams, and Janelle James

Everyone had something to say about the Essence Festival 2023 line-up reveal. Essence Festival’s social media decided to have a little fun with it, sharing thoughts on Twitter and in the comments on Instagram.  Here goes one of their best responses of the day.


Image Credit:  Ms. Lauryn Hill – Prince Williams / Contributor  |   Megan – MEGA / Contributor   |  Getty Images

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