The dominoes on the NOLA festival industry continue to fall. The 2020 Essence Festival has been officially canceled for 2020.

“We are confirming today that we will no longer move forward with the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture live experience – and look forward to returning to New Orleans in 2021.” – Essence leaders

After Mayor Cantrell’s Tuesday press conference stating festivals like Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Essence Festival should redirect their efforts to 2021, Essence has followed that order less than 24 hours later. 

The festival officially announced this move this morning, after originally announcing on March 27th they planned to postpone to a later date in 2020. This is the second major NOLA festival to cancel after BUKU pulled the plug on its 2020 festival last week. You can read their full statement below. 

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