Details Announced For Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit


In celebration of Women’s History Month, Mary J. Blige and Pepsi have unveiled the lineup, ticketing information and a new location for the third annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit, in partnership with Live Nation Urban. The event is making a move to New York City – the home of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

Today’s announcement points out that Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit “is the only festival experience in the market brought to you exclusively by an all-Black, female team.”

The event – which is created and curated by the GRAMMY award-winning singer and songwriter, Mary J. Blige – had previously taken place in Atlanta, is now set for Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, with performances in multiple venues in NYC. The party gets started May 10 with a comedy show at The Apollo Theatre with sets from Tiffany Haddish, Don’t Call me White Girl, and Paris Sashay. Friday also includes a jazz concert put on by Robert Glasper at Blue Note Jazz Club.

The Summit is hosted by Angie Martinez and is being held at The Glasshouse on May 11, promising to “empower and engage with women,” with “inspiring programming, pivotal panels, keynote speakers, workshops, and much more!”

The Strength of a Woman Concert takes place at Barclays with performances by Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Jill Scott, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Muni Long, Lola Brooke, and Funk Flex.

The weekend wraps up on Sunday with the Gospel Brunch at Brooklyn Chophouse in Times Square, hosted by Blige, and a gospel concert at Brooklyn Chophouse in Times Square, featuring The Clark Sisters with Femme It Forward. 

A presale is happening now with the code STRENGTH. The general onsale starts Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. ET.  

“I’m so excited to bring our Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit to my hometown, New York City, a place that has always been a huge source of inspiration for me,” said Mary J. Blige, Founder of Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit. “Having the opportunity to continue to uplift, inspire, and build within my community is the reason I created this festival. I’m so grateful for all the support from our performers, attendees, and of course, our partners Live Nation Urban and Pepsi. Nobody does it like New York, so get ready.”
Blige is managed by Laffitte Management Group and her agent is Independent Artist Group’s Keith Naisbitt.

The 2023 edition of Strength Of A Woman at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena sold 10,713 tickets and grossed more than $1.1 million on May 12, with day two of the event selling 9,062 tickets and grossing $791,227 on May 13, according to reports submitted to Pollstar Boxoffice.