Essence Music Festival New Orleans 2022

The multi-day extravaganza kicks off with a Kevin Hart comedy show on Thursday at the Smoothie King Center, 

followed by ticketed concerts at the Superdome from Friday through Sunday.

Thousands of people will visit New Orleans over the Fourth of July holiday weekend for the live return of the Essence Festival of Culture, 

putting on exhibit black culture in all its splendour.

Kevin Hart will perform on Thursday at the Smoothie King Center to kick off the multi-day extravaganza

. From Friday through Sunday, the Louisiana Superdome will host ticketed concerts.

On Friday, country singer Mickey Guyton and rapper Nicki Minaj, both debutantes, appear as the main act

. The event's featured act on Saturday is music legend Janet Jackson, who also performed there in 2010 and 2018, and on Sunday, 80s R&B trio New Edition

, a crowd favourite, will wrap things up. Jazmine Sullivan, City Girls, Summer Walker, The Roots, The Isley Brothers, Method Man, Tems, Patti LaBelle