ESSENCE Music Festival®, QuintEvents Finalize Travel/Experience Packages For Blockbuster July Happening Featuring Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Steve Harvey, More

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Renowned ESSENCE Music Festival creates premium travel experience program to give fans great seats and insider access. Customizable packages can include hotel, ground transportation, special credentials, front-center seating in program called ESSENCE VIP Events (http://www.ESSENCEVIPEvents.com).

The ESSENCE Music Festival®, presented by Coca-Cola®, and QuintEvents will bring fans closer than ever to the energy of the event this summer with a total of 11 travel/hotel/ticket packages providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The famed African American music and culture happening, celebrating its 18th year, is set for July 6—8 in New Orleans.

Packages ranging in price from $699 to $5,349 are detailed at http://www.ESSENCEVIPEvents.com and feature on-site parties, insider access, large group seating and convenient ground transportation to the concerts, trade shows and ESSENCE Empowerment Experience. The concert performances, featuring Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson and Fantasia plus scores of other artists, will take place at the Louisiana Superdome July 6, 7 and 8th. The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will host trade shows and the ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience, featuring Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressman Maxine Waters, Vanessa Williams, Fred Hammond and Steve Harvey, among more than 25 speakers and panelists.

The ESSENCE VIP Events website was created by the ESSENCE Music Festival® and QuintEvents to provide fans with a peek into the unique experience at the 2012 event with tickets and amenities available only from ESSENCE, which owns and operates the world-renowned event. The ESSENCE VIP Events program provides fans with the opportunity to buy directly from the official source, eliminating the uncertainties of purchasing on the broker and secondary market. QuintEvents provides similar services to the National Football League, the National Basketball Assoc. and the Kentucky Derby.

ESSENCE VIP Events is also designed to bring festival-goers into New Orleans earlier in the week, thereby increasing the event’s economic impact on greater New Orleans.

The top-tier package ($5,349) includes four days and three nights at the Westin or the Ritz-Carlton hotels and floor seating in the first 10 rows for all the concert performances at the Superdome. In-stadium parties with complementary food and beverage before and after the music plus to and from ground transportation and several other VIP benefits are part of the arrangement. Insider, credentialed access to ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience and the tradeshows at the convention center is also included.

Packages are flexible and customizable to include just Friday and Saturday or just Saturday and Sunday with or without hotel and all purchases are guaranteed by ESSENCE® and QuintEvents. Accommodations are also available at other New Orleans hotels located just a few blocks from the Louisiana Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, including the Westin New Orleans, The InterContinental, Hilton – Riverside and Springhill Suites.

The full range of exclusive benefits include:

  •     Single-source buying from QuintEvents, Exclusive Official Provider of ESSENCE VIP Ticket, Travel and Hospitality Packages for the ESSENCE Music Festival®
  •     Block group seating
  •     Food and beverage at on-site hospitality party venues
  •     30-minute VIP pre-access to the ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience and Tradeshows
  •     Official ESSENCE VIP Events gift bag
  •     Lanyard and ticket sleeve
  •     Official ESSENCE Music Festival® program
  •     Ground transportation to and from hotels, Superdome and Convention Center
  •     Convenient payment terms.

Additional information on the ESSENCE Music Festival® can be obtained at http://www.essencemusicfestival.com

ABOUT QUINTEVENTS:

Charlotte-based QuintEvents is an Official Hospitality Provider for NFL On Location®, for events including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Draft and International Games, Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks and the NBA for the annual All-Star Game. QuintEvents’ partners have more than 100 years of experience in travel, incentive and event management that merge to exceed expectations on every event and create unique, memorable experiences! Its unique partnerships with some of the greatest names in sports and entertainment enable them to offer customers access to larger blocks of seats, the best hotels and exclusive entertainment venues inside the stadium and access to exclusive parties at the world’s most prestigious sporting events. Hospitality packages include a broad spectrum of seating options, unique venue access, celebrity appearances, dedicated entrances and other interactive experiences that make your entertainment event stand out.

ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.:

ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online. The company's flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE Music Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the ESSENCE Book Club, ESSENCE.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 42 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of over 8 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information relating to every area of African-American women's lives. Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at http://www.ESSENCE.com.

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CONTACT: Steve Griffith, Vizion Group Public Relations, 484/433‐7757, sgriffith(at)viziongroup(dot)net

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