How To Get Cheapest 2020 Essence Music Festival Tickets

Early bird tickets for the world’s largest music, entertainment and empowerment experience celebrating global Black excellence are available. To celebrate ESSENCE’s 50th Anniversary, the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture presented by Coca-Cola will be extended to five days for the first time ever and will run from July 1 – July 5. The additional days will be curated with experiences and activations throughout New Orleans and Louisiana focused on advancing economic development, education and entrepreneurship.

Shop Face Value Tickets

While the lineup has not yet been announced, submit your email below and we'll send you info and news as soon as it becomes available.

TicketIQ has Low Price Guarantees all Sold Out Music Festivals. That means that if you find a secondary market ticket for less on a site like StubHub or Vivid Seats, we’ll give you 200% of the difference in ticket credit. TicketIQ customers save an average of 5%-20% compared to StubHub and Vivid Seats. 


TicketIQ is committed to Transparent Ticketing, and we make much less on 'sold out' tickets compared to other major marketplaces like StubHub and Vivid. That means ticket buyers save from as much as 25% on TicketIQ for sports, music and theater tickets. We also back it up with our Low Price Guarantee on every music festival. We're able to do this because we also work with festival directly to help them sell tickets at face price, directly to consumers like you, through Ticketmaster, Frontgate, Eventbrite and others ticketing platforms. 

2019 Essence Music Festival Overview

According to Billboard, Michelle Obama will headline the 25th anniversary of the Essence Music Festival. As Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been announced as a headliner for the 25th anniversary of Essence Fest of Culture in New Orleans. Obama will join already announced appearances from Mary J Blige, Missy Elliott and HER for the July 4-7 festival and conference. In addition to Obama’s appearance, an epic ‘homecoming’ musical line-up of more than 80 performers is slated at the Louisiana Superdome – including Mary J. Blige, Nas, Missy Elliott, H.E.R., Big Freedia, Davido, Frankie Beverly, Jermaine Dupri, MC Lyte, Pharrell Williams and Sheila E.

In it's 25 years, the Essence Festival has become a force in global Black culture with a focus in economic inclusion, cultural ownership and community development. The Festival now attracts more than 500,000 attendees each weekend with the three-day festival as the centerpiece. TicketIQ has Low Price Guarantees on Secondary Tickets For the Essence Music Festival.  Secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ offers a Low Price Guarantee on all secondary market concert tickets and gives fans a wide variety of tickets to all shows to choose from. The Low Price Guarantee means that if you find a secondary market ticket for less on a site like Stubhub or Seatgeek, we'll give you 200% of the difference in ticket credit.  While the secondary market is the best option if cheap is your goal, if your goal is up-close, has the best selection of floor seats, which range from $200-$1,200 for Friday night. For fans willing to commit to all three days, the secondary market has three-day floor seats starting from around $800, with 17th row seats going for $2,008 (Image below), or around $650 each day.

Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 6.37.57 PM

Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 6.21.04 PM


Tickets for the Essence Music Festival recently went on sale and fans across the country are particularly eager to lock up their passes for the three day festival.  Organizers are preparing for record attendance this year, especially following the announcement that the headliner will be Prince.  The musical superstar will be on the stage Friday night, July 4th, to ring in this year’s Independence Day.  Nile Rodgers will also be on the main stage Friday night, before a bevy of popular artists take the stage Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday the main stage will be occupied by Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, The Roots, Ledisi, and Tank.  Mary J. has been a frequent participant at the Essence Music Festival and certainly one of the reasons that fans pour in to New Orleans to see the festival every year. On Sunday the 6th, Lionel Richie will be the primary performer on the main stage, but Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, and Tamar will also be performing Sunday.

For those looking to attend, Essence Music Festival tickets are available from Select-A-Ticket, beginning for as low as $90.  Tickets for Friday have an average ticket price of $319 and a get-in price of only $98.  Saturday, the cheapest of the three days, has an average ticket price of $287, but a get-in price of just $90, eight bucks cheaper than Friday.  The final performances Sunday are the most expensive, with an average ticket price currently $370 with a get-in price of $143.

Though these tickets may be high presently, ticket prices can always change and most likely will go up as we approach the festival.  Typically fans grab the seats as quickly as possible so the quantity of passes remaining is very low once May and June arrive. So the advice is buy now while the best seats are available and make sure you lock in your passes for the 2014 Essence Music Festival!

Related Articles