No idea how this will impact Janet's schedule or if she will remain headliner when new dates get announced. The fact is, due to the COVID-19 pandemic spreading worldwide, the Essence Festival of Culture announced they are pushing all dates and activities to the American Fall. Janet was scheduled to perform at the Festival on July 3rd with her Black Diamond World Tour.
We reached out to Janet's office this week regarding the Black Diamond project. We asked them about the album release date and about possible changes on her tour schedule but we got no official statements to share with you yet.
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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. Tap the bio 🔗 to read the full statement.
Remember to be safe and to stay home if you can! The whole world is fighting this invisible enemy and the only advantage we have so far is social isolation.