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What better way to have a dope and memorable summer than to attend some of the hottest music festivals. So grab your favorite shades and girl tribe as we give you our guide to the top five summer festivals you just can’t miss!

Essence Music Festival

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Celebrating its 24th year in The Big Easy, the Essence Music Festival is one of the nation’s largest festivals with some of entertainment’s biggest stars, inspirational speakers, beauty gurus and much more. This four day jam-packed festival includes star stellar musical performances from Janet Jackson, Mary J Blidge, Xscape, Snoop Dogg, The Roots and many more. And it doesn’t stop there. There’s also celebrity empowerment workshops, live cooking demonstrations and a style and beauty carnival for all the latest trends. It all goes down July 5-8th in New Orleans, Louisiana.

OVO Fest

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Everybody get your roll on! Our man Champagne Papi aka Drake is back with some fresh new music and as always, the Toronto native will be throwing his annual OVO Fest (October’s Very Own) right in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. Drake has yet to make his official announcement for this year’s lineup, but for the past 8 years, his festival has been lit with performances from Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, PartyNextDoor, French Montana, Tory Lanez and more! You never know who may be Drizzy Drake’s surprise guest for this year’s OVO Fest, so get your tickets now!

One Music Fest

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It’s going to be a hot summer in Atlanta. The 2018 One Music Fest will take place in September for a two day music festival with today’s top charting artists. Featuring two live music stages, the festival will fulfill all your musical needs with hip-hop, EDM, reggae, funk, trap and R&B performances. This year’s performers will be Nas, Cardi B., T.I., Miguel, Young BloodZ, Jeezy, Kelis, Brandy, George Clinton and many more. Get ready for a weekend of nonstop partying and fun. It all goes down September 8th and 9th in Atlanta’s Central Park. Head over to for more info.


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Doing it for the culture! Founded in 2008, the Afropunk Festival exemplifies true black culture through its different music and arts. Now held in two locations (Brooklyn, NY & Paris, France) the Afropunk festival is sure to deliver great music and good vibes. The festival taking place in Brooklyn, NY on August 25-26th will feature an array of soul and black punk artists, including Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae’, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Miguel and more. You don’t want to miss this. Head over to for more info.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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Ain’t nothing like some good ole’ hip-hop. What began as just a concert and platform for hip-hop artists to perform freely 14 years ago, has become one of NY’s largest music festivals. This year, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will include panels, conversations, a hip hop institute, an exhibition and performances from Black Star, Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli and more. If you are a true hip-hop fan then you don’t want to miss this three-day conference and music festival going down July 9-12th in Brooklyn, NY.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to this year’s top music festivals and will be able to attend one of these epic festivals. We’re wishing you all a fabulous summer full of good music and vibes.

Written By: Tiffany Hercules


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