Essence Fest has had a change of heart about moving forward with their annual festival on July 1-3 in New Orleans.

Late Friday, Essence Fest announced they are postponing their popular festival to the fall due to Coronavirus concerns.

Two weeks ago, we announced plans for the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture and indicated that we would continue to evaluate the novel coronavirus crisis using all available resources and intelligence towards ensuring our first priority – the safety and well-being of our Festival-goers and everyone who contributes to making the Festival such a unique experience.

As we committed at that time, we have continued to closely monitor the unfolding developments and updated information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health agencies and our partners in the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana. Based on developments over the past couple of weeks, including updates from our city and health partners, we are officially announcing that we will move the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture closer to the fall.

As we previously indicated, we were already moving forward with identifying and securing alternate dates and will be prepared to announce those shortly. We are excited to share that previously announced talent will remain in our line-up for the postponed dates, and we will honor all tickets sold for prior scheduled performances. Continue to visit www.essencefestival.com for new updates.

Peep the tweet below:

Essence Festival 2020 - Janet Jackson - Bruno Mars

This year, Bruno Mars and Janet Jackson are set to headline the festival.

There will also be performances by Janelle Monae, Raphael Saadiq, Ari Lennox, and Summer Walker.

Do you plan to attend Essence Fest this year?