The Roots and Live Nation Urban have announced the lineup for the 2022 Roots Picnic. The music festival—headlined, hosted, and curated by the Roots—takes place on June 4 and 5 at Philadelphia’s Mann at Fairmount Park. It’ll also stream live exclusively on YouTube.
The 2022 Roots Picnic lineup features Mary J. Blige (performing with the Roots), Summer Walker, Wizkid, Jazmine Sullivan, Kamasi Washington, Mickey Guyton, Babyface Ray, Serpentwithfeet, Ckay, Yebba, and more. There will also be a podcast stage, featuring live tapings of Questlove Supreme, Million Dollaz Worth of Game, and more. Check out the poster for the Roots Picnic below.
The Roots Picnic last took place in person in 2019. The festival then went virtual in 2020. In a statement, Shawn Gee (president of Live Nation Urban, manager of the Roots, and co-founder of the Roots Picnic), said, “This year, Black Thought, Questlove, and I attempted to curate a lineup that broke through the genre barriers that often separate us in Black culture. To be able to book Mickey Guyton, Kirk Franklin, G Herbo, Wizkid, Wallo & Gillie, and Mary J Blige on the same lineup was a dream come true.”
The Roots’ Questlove was recently nominated for the 2022 Academy Award for Documentary Feature for his debut Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). Read Pitchfork’s feature interview “Questlove on Restoring Black Music History and Making One of the Year’s Best Films.”
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