ABOVE PHOTO: Mary J. Blige performs at 2015 Essence Music Festival Concert at the Superdome, Sunday, July 5, 2015 in New Orleans. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)
Nearly a half million attendees converged upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.
The annual Festival, which took place July 2-5, features entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and the world’s best performers each night. In addition, for the first time this year, the ESSENCE Festival touched tens of thousands of fans around the world via 100 hours of produced live-stream content. Highlights of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival include:
• More than 80 performing artists-including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Kevin Hart,
Usher, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Common and Kendrick Lamar—performed at the event’s nighttime concerts,
• Over 120 speakers, authors, leaders and celebrities —including Deepak Chopra, lyanla Vanzant, Steve Harvey, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, Jussie Smollett and Rev. Al Sharpton—participated in the Festival’s free daytime experience.
• Inaugural ESSENCE Festival ‘Day of Service’ commemorated the 10m anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by refurbishing schools citywide and staging a first-time community Health & Wellness Fair.
• 100 hours of programming including 24 hours daily of streaming video garnering more than 200,000 Live Stream views
covering select performances and daily talk show ESSENCE Live.
• Over 100,000 social media posts driving over 1.5 billion impressions with trending status on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as first-time Twitter Periscope celebrity guest segments.
• Explosive growth in Festival fan mobile usage, with page views up by 80 percent and unique visitors growing 132 percent year over year—largely due to 80 percent increase in video consumption year over year.
For a full recap of all the exciting moments from the 21” annual ESSENCE Festival, visit ESSENCE.oom and log in to the ESSENCE Festival microsite for footage highlights.