Atlanta’s Xscape announces reunion performance for Essence Festival

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

The lineup for this year’s Essence Festival just got a bit buzzier.

Atlanta R&B quartet Xscape will launch its comeback tour at the New Orleans event this summer – marking their first full live show in more than 15 years.

In March, Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and LaTocha Scott confirmed to V-103’s Big Tigger that they had reunited and were discussing plans for a tour and new album.

The original group will perform on July 2 at the Superdome; other artists taking the stage that night include Chance the Rapper, Master P and Solange.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the return of Xscape than in New Orleans with our fans at the world famous Essence Festival,” the women said in a statement. “Essence Fest is so much more than a music festival, it’s a celebration of culture, music and entertainment…”

This year’s Essence Fest will also spotlight Diana Ross, John Legend (who performs at Chastain on Friday), Mary J. Blige (coming to Wolf Creek Amphitheater this summer), Chaka Khan, Emily Estefan, Doug E. Fresh and many more.

Visit  www.essence.com for ticket and lineup information.

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