After a two-year hiatus, the Broccoli City Festival returns in the spring. This 2022 festival, in partnership with Live Nation Urban, will be co-headlined by R&B sensations Ari Lennox and Summer Walker.
For the first time, Broccoli Fest will take place over two days (Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8) in Washington, D.C., from noon-10 p.m., rain or shine.
Saturday’s lineup will include Lennox, Muni Long, Joyce Wrice, Wale, 21 Savage, Lil Durk, Jeezy, Rico Nasty, and Larry June. Lennox, whose latest single “Pressure” recently topped to Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart, will be getting the audience geared up for her sophomore album. She’ll most likely perform material from her debut album, Shea Butter Baby, and possibly her Pho EP.
Meanwhile, Wrice will be supporting her debut album, Overgrown, which was among Rated R&B’s 30 Best R&B Albums of 2021. Long will most certainly perform her new hit single “Hrs and Hrs,” which is currently at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s lifted from her latest EP, Public Displays of Affection.
Sunday’s lineup will consist of Walker, Masego, Wizkid, Gunna, Don Toliver, Tems, Alex Vaughn, Babyface Ray, Joony and more. Walker will be supporting her record-breaking sophomore album, Still Over It, which dropped last November. Vaughn, a D.C. native like Lennox, may preview material from her future LVRN release.
“This year’s festival will be historic for many reasons,” said Brandon McEachern, co-founder of BC Fest. “Not only does BC Fest 22 represent a moment for celebration and reflection on all we’ve been through the past few years; it will anchor BLK Change Weekend, which is poised to be one of the biggest calls to actions for our generation in the world. We’re bringing together community and business leaders to celebrate our culture and work together to provide Black communities, students and young professionals with equitable resources and opportunities.”
Shawn Gee, president of Live Nation Urban, adde, “We are really excited to bring Broccoli City Festival back after a long 2-year hiatus. This brand is important, as it’s much bigger than just the announced artist lineup. The mobilization of Black people and corporations that are active in the community, the education, conversation, and connections that happen at Broccoli Con, and the overall celebration of black culture that happens throughout the weekend are the core tenants upon which we are building.”
Tickets are on sale now at BCFestival.com.