Lineup Released for Essence Festival The artists set to perform at the 2022 Essence Festival have been named. Janet Jackson, New Edition, Nicki Minaj, and Kevin Hart will be the headliners for the four-night festival. Also scheduled to perform are The Isley Brothers, Jazmine Sullivan, The Roots and Friends, Chloe x Halle, and many more. The 27th Essence Festival of Culture will take place June 30 through July 3 at Caesar’s Superdome and will be the first in-person festival in two years. Which artists do you want to see most at this year’s festival?