The Roots and Live Nation Urban have announced the return of “Roots Picnic.” The annual festival led, hosted, and curated by the GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum hip-hop superstars will take over the Mann at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2022, for two days of music, art, and culture for the first time in-person since 2019.
Mary J Blige and The Roots will lead the event with a once-in-a-lifetime performance, right off their appearance at Super Bowl LVI. Summer Walker, Wizkid, Kirk Franklin, Jazmine Sullivan, J Period Live Mixtape starring Black Thought, Rick Ross, G Herbo, Mickey Guyton, Muni Long, and others are among the artists on the bill, which could be the biggest and boldest in the festival’s history.
The fan-favorite Podcast Stage, curated by Wallo267 and Gillie The King, returns to “Roots Picnic.” The concourse also features numerous activations and engagements, spanning from movies to social justice, as well as live podcasts from Million Dollaz Worth of Game, Questlove Supreme, and others.
“After a long two years, we are excited to announce the return of The Roots Picnic to Philly with two days of music and culture at the Mann at Fairmount Park,” says Shawn Gee, President of Live Nation Urban, The Roots manager, and co-founder of the event. “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.”
YouTube will be the festival’s sole host, bringing “Roots Picnic” to a global audience. The concert will be broadcast live on the band’s official YouTube channel.
Check out the lineup below.