Interstellar superstar Prince will headline the 20th anniversary edition of the Essence Festival, the annual weekend-long music fest held in New Orleans.
Prince — the multi-platinum, multiple Grammy Award winning and Purple Raining king of shapeshifting and pseudonyms — performed at the festival's 10th anniversary in 2004. In that time he has released several albums and is now performing with 3rdeyegirl, which, after odd teasers and a Twitter account, released the self-aware "Breakfast Can Wait" in October. (The artwork features Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince from his infamous sketch about Charlie Murphy eating pancakes after a basketball game at his house in the early '80s.) (Also, @3RDEYEGIRL disappointed some fans who had high hopes that @princetweetstou was the real Purple One.)
The 2014 Essence Fest is July 2-6 at the Superdome. Weekend passes start at $130.50. Single-day tickets will open closer to the festival.