Diana Ross & Mary J. Blige headline 2017 Essence Festival

The 2017 Essence Festival once again is back in New Orleans, LA going down June 30th-July 3rd. This marks the 23rd year the music festival has called NOLA home, and the incredible lineup set for this year is one of the best ever.

R&B legends Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige will headline the event, which coincides with the 4th of July holiday weekend. While Mary J. is no stranger to Essence Fest, 2017 marks the first year Diana Ross is performing. Mary J. Blige will be releasing an album next year titled “Strength of a Woman”, and will be performing on the themed night, “My Path to Strength”.

Others confirmed to perform include Teyana Taylor, Chaka Khan, John Legend, Solange, Lalah Hathaway, Tweet, Shaggy, Michele’, and Ro James. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

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If this is your first time considering going to Essence, do yourself a favor and book your hotel NOW. Many of the most popular spots can be booked through the official Essence Hotel Booking website here.

If you want a tip, stay in the French Quarter area. While there are events spread out throughout, you will be in the center of all the action, and can stay in above average hotels for reasonable prices by booking early.

The Central Business District is just a short distance away from the French Quarter, and hosts the newly renovated Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel (817 Common Street), as well as annual favorites The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel (500 Canal Street) and LeMeriden (formerly W New Orleans, 333 Poydras).

Ticketmaster.com has tickets available now for the official Essence Festival concerts, and expect to see the majority of amazing day parties and celebrity hosted night galas being announced right here on ThePartyPlug.com in the coming weeks.