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The 2015 Essence Music Festival is upon us on July 2-5 at New Orleans’ Superdome and this year’s lineup is hot! With known favorites like Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar headlining the event, expect to also see confirmed artists like Erykah Badu, India.ArieEsperanza Spalding, Teedra Moses, Bilal, Goapele, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner and hip-hop icons Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, and Kool Moe Dee performing.

On-the-rise and talents including #TeamBeautiful fave Mali Music, SZA, Nico & Vinz, and Avery*Sunshine will be joining the roster too. And we saw a noticeable name we haven’t heard new music from in awhile…Tweet! She’s going to be there! Be sure to have her Southern Hummingbird album on deck on your way to the show!

Additional festivities will be a day party with Salt-n-Pepa’s Spinderella and Funkmaster Flex on the 1 and 2’s, and Kevin Hart will host a “Now Playing” concert.

Lawd, we’re excited for this! Bring on that neo-soul summer!

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 25.

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