Essence Festival release their 2017 festival lineup featuring Diana Ross & Mary J. Blige
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The initial lineup for the 2017 Essence Festival was announced today, and it's chalked full of big names in music. Just a few of those big names in the R&B world that'll perform at next year's festival are John Legend, Diana Ross, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blige

The 2017 Essence Festival is set to happen June 29 through July 2 in New Orleans at the Louisiana Superdome. Over 20 acts were announced today, and more will be revealed in the coming weeks. Some names that were announced today include Chaka Khan, Solange, India.Arie., and Michel'le, who recently had a Lifetime movie air about her life. 

At the festival there's going to be over 40 acts performing across five stages. There's going to be one main stage, and four intimate stages that are dubbed "Superlounges." No daily schedule has been revealed. It was only announced that Mary J. Blige will be headlining the main stage on the "My Path to Strength" night. 

Weekend packages for the 2017 Essence Festival go on sale Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Central Time. The price of a weekend pass starts at $126. Once they go on sale, passes can be bought through the festival's website here

Essence Festival 2017 Lineup:

Diana Ross, Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, Doug E Fresh, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend, June’s Diary, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Master P, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, Ro James, Shaggy, Sir the Baptist, Solange, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tweet, Yuna