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Top 5 R&B Festivals to attend in the US in 2024

Get ready to groove to the smooth sounds of R&B at these fests hitting the US in 2024. Across states, these events will have you bouncing to soulful vibes and jiving with eclectic tribes. Join us as we explore the top R&B festivals that are set to make waves in the music scene this year!

Lovers & Friends Festival (Sat, 4 May ; Nevada)

This annual event takes place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds and attracts over a million people – yes, really! Usher, Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys…need we continue? This hip-hop and R&B festival is one day of epic, talk-of-the-year performances by sonic legends.

Aside from the unbeatable big-name line-up each year, the fest also features interactive art, food trucks and shopping. Tickets are already sold out for Day 1, but a Day two is pending – sign up for the waitlist to add a second day!

Sol Blume (Fri, 3 May – Sun, 5 May ; California)

Sol Blume debuted in 2018. Now, it’s one of the largest R&B music fests in the US and drew 46,000 international attendees in 2023. Sol Blume ignites the atmosphere for three days at Sacramento’s Discovery Park. Headliners for 2024 include Snoh Aalegra. Kaytraminé, SZA, Omar Apollo, Pinkpantheress, Ari Lennox, and more.

However, the event is about more than Sol-satisfying R&B – you can eat you heart out at the best local food vendors that cater for all food-fusses. Besides emotional eating, you can also practice self care via yoga, meditation, and other workshops. Or simply vibe with the art installations and roll with it at Sol Skate and be amazed at Butterfly World.

Essence Festival of Culture (Thu, 4 Jul – Sat, 7 Jul ; Louisiana)

This event started as a once-off celebration of the 25th anniversary of the African American magazine “Essence”. It’s since grown to the largest African American fest in the US, and accommodates 500,000 people in a vibrant celebration of music, culture, and community.

More than just a music festival, this “a party with a purpose,” offers a diverse experiences beyond the stage. From engaging panel discussions and shopping opportunities and food to meet-and-greets, there’s something for everyone. And obvs, the festival is packed with nonstop live music showcasing the best in R&B, soul, funk, and hip-hop, making it an unforgettable Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Thu, 25 April – Sun, 5 May ; Louisiana)

While it’s not exclusively R&B, The Essence Festival in New Orleans celebrates the diverse music and culture of the city. From blues to rap, it’s a melting pot of musical styles representing Louisiana. And don’t forget the mouthwatering local dishes at the food booths – no carnival food here!

With over seventy small-business local food vendors, you can indulge in Cajun classics like crawfish beignets, fried green tomatoes, and po’boys. Plus, there are vegan and vegetarian options for all dietary preferences. Beyond the music and food, the festival showcases Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage through parades, local craft vendors and exhibits.

Get ready for the 2024 line-up featuring diverse performers like The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, HOZIER, Vampire Weekend, The Killers, The Revivalists, and much more.

Camp Flog Gnaw (TBA ; California)

Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival is an epic annual bash curated by Tyler, the Creator. Since its inception in 2012, this renowned hip-hop event has been a hit. Known for its eclectic hip hop and R&B lineup, which has featured performances by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Billie Eilish, Camp Flog Gnaw offers a unique blend of music, art, and carnival fun.

Each year, Camp Flog Gnaw draws about 40,000 music lovers eager to catch performances by both well-known and upswing artists. From the headlining acts like The Hillbillies, SZA, and Tyler, the Creator, to the massive Ferris wheel and tasty food vendors, there’s something for everyone at this exciting event. Keep an eye out for the 2024 dates, and get ready to experience the magic of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival!

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Inge Strauss