Essence Fest 2020 will continued as planned The annual Essence Fest is going on as planned this summer. With the coronavirus spreading in the U.S. has affected the entertainment industry with cities and some states issuing a state of emergency and quarantine in heavy populated areas. RECOMMENDED: JANET JACKSON & BRUNO MARS TO HEADLINE ESSENCE FEST 2020 The Essence Fest issued a statement regarding them to move forward with the festival \u201cour first priority will always be the safety and well-being of our Festival-goers and everyone who contributes\u201d to the annual event, the Essence Communications statement says in part, \u201cBased on the latest information, including increasing public health interventions and measures being implemented domestically and internationally, and the considerable amount of time to assess and respond to developments between now and July, we are planning to proceed with the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture as currently scheduled, July 1-5 in New Orleans. Still, as a precautionary and proactive measure and with health as the foremost consideration, we are also identifying and securing alternate dates to ensure that we can adjust as quickly and seamlessly as possible in the event that circumstances require. Should that happen, we will honor all tickets sold for prior scheduled dates.\u201d The headliners for Essence Fest 2020 are Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars and other slated to perform are Janelle Monae, Raphael Saadiq, Ari Lennox and Summer Walker.