H.E.R.’s ‘Lights On’ Festival Returns With Erykah Badu, Ty Dolla $ign and More

HER H.E.R. Variety Cover Story
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As Variety’s recent cover star H.E.R. announced during Sunday night’s BET Awards, the artist’s Lights On Festival will return to California’s Bay Area in September. The lineup features Erykah BaduBryson TillerAri LennoxTy Dolla $ignKeyshia Cole, and more, along with a special H.E.R. & Friends performance with some unnamed special guests. The full lineup appears below.  

The fest has expanded to two days — the weekend of Sept. 18-19 — and takes place at the Concord Pavilion, not far from Vallejo, where H.E.R. was raised. She partnered with Live Nation Urban to present it. Partial proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards the Grammy Museum and MusiCares.

H.E.R. has been on a tear this year: Within weeks of each other, she appeared on three of the biggest possible stages for a musician, singing “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl (and accompanying herself on guitar), winning two more Grammy Awards and her first Oscar in March, the latter for her song “Fight for You” from the film “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

She also released her first proper full-length album (after two E.P. collections), “Back of My Mind,” earlier this month. Read Variety’s cover story here.

Tickets go on sale today (June 28) at 10am; see lightsonfest.com for more info. The festival also includes a film screening tent, live art installations, R&B Museum, Guitar Lounge, and a massive arcade. A few of this year’s festival partners include Fender, Hilton and Amazon.

Check out the full lineup:

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Lights On Festival 2021 Courtesy Lights On Festival


Ari Lennox

Arin Ray


Brianna Castro

Bryson Tiller

Erykah Badu


H.E.R. & Friends

Keyshia Cole

Kiana Lede


Lucky Daye



Maxx Moore


Tiana Major9

Tone Stith

Ty Dolla $ign