Maxwell, D’Angelo, Common For Inaugural Soulfest

MaxwellD’AngeloCommonAloe Blacc and Mos Def are among those on the bill for the inaugural neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop event Soulfest.

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Essence Music Festival, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Maxwell and D’Angelo make their first appearances in Australia, as do Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone and Leela James.

The nine internationals will be joined by Australian acts including Ngaiire, Nathaniel, Ms. Murphy and Miracle

The open-air festival, through IEG and Ginnen Group, stops at Sydney’s Victoria Park (Oct. 18), Melbourne’s Yarra Park (Oct. 19) and Brisbane’s Riverstage (Oct. 25). It’ll also feature southern U.S. food, which is not that common in Australia.