Published on July 1st, 2017 | by Jerry Doby


ESSENCE (and others) Festival ‘Survival Guide’

Music festivals abound continuously across the globe, right now it’s the Essence Festival in New Orleans which covers June 29 through July 2nd, and this year’s event is epic! With appearances by Diana Ross, the reunion of XSCAPE and a keynote address by celebrated Congresswoman Maxine Waters, it’s important to be ready to maximize your experience.

How? Well, there are a few basics that experienced festival goers just know like, don’t forget your phone wall charger, have a couple extra charging devices, extra memory cards for your camera, sunscreen and the like. There ARE some extra points that can make your festival experience even better and startup travel company AllTheRooms.com (@alltheroomsput together an 11 item list of things that, while specifically directed at ESSENCE Fest for the moment, apply equally as well to just about any major outing…here’s an excerpt:

Essence Festival will draw close to 500,000 people to the city of New Orleans for the largest (and arguably most fun) summer party in the NOLA. Our first pro tip is that you shouldn’t miss it. Read on for the rest of our tips and survival guide for this year’s Essence Fest.

(Read: Essence Festival Event Guide)

1. Get the festival app

The days will be full of activities and events. Make sure to download the Essence Festival App for iPhone and Android to keep up with it all.

2. Book your hotel, yesterday

Do not wait until the last minute to book your hotel. You will regret it. Check out the Essence Festival Guide for places to stay in New Orleans, or check here. Do it now!

3. Experience NOLA before the chaos

Get to New Orleans a day early or stay a day after the festival. This will give you a chance to enjoy the city without the heavy crowds. NOLA has its own special magic with and without Essence Fest.

4. Keep it cute and comfy

Pull out the comfy shoes. Traffic is inevitable, so you’re better off staying close by and walking. Between the commute and the convention, you’ll be on your feet for hours.

5. Prepare for tricky weather

Read the full article on AllTheRooms.com; even experienced travelers/festival goers may be glad they did!!!


Featured image courtesy of ESSENCE Festival

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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