New Orleans' annual ESSENCE Festival of Culture is returning for its 2022 edition on June 30 - July 3 at Caesars Superdome, with daytime programming happening at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They've announced the initial music and comedy lineup for the fest, which includes Kevin Hart on Thursday 6/30, Nicki Minaj on Friday 7/1, Janet Jackson on Saturday 7/2, and New Edition on Sunday 7/3.

The initial lineup also includes Jazmine Sullivan, The Roots, Summer Walker, D-Nice & Friends, and The Isley Brothers, dates TBA. More artists are still to be announced.

Three-day passes for the music portion of the fest, running from July 1-3, and single-day tickets to Kevin Hart's set on June 30 are on sale now. Free registration is also open for the fest's daytime programming, which is still to be announced.

Essence Festival 2022
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