2022 Cincinnati Music Festival Attendance Surpasses 78,000 | Music News | Cincinnati
The numbers don’t lie. The Cincinnati Music Festival came back strong last weekend after postponing events since 2020 due to the pandemic.
The festival says more than 78,000 people attended Friday and Saturday concerts at Paul Brown Stadium, headlined by Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson and The O’Jay’s, “making it one of the biggest urban music festivals in the United States,” according to a statement.
“Saturday night’s performance with headliner Janet Jackson was the biggest crowd on a Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium that we have seen in the history of the Cincinnati Music Festival,” said festival producer Joe Santangelo. in the press release.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) July 23, 2022
There were 42,000 tickets sold for Saturday’s performance, according to festival figures, and 36,000 tickets sold for Friday’s event, which was headlined by Wilson.
Lennox and BJ the Chicago Kid played opening night on July 21 at the Andrew J Brady Music Center. Ticket sales information has not been released for that show, but Lennox had nothing but positive things to say about Cincinnati, calling it “healthy” and “pure” on Twitter.
— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) July 22, 2022
Founded in 1962 as the All-Jazz Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, the Cincinnati Music Festival has been around for six decades, bringing some of the nation’s top R&B, jazz and soul bands to the city. A study by the University of Cincinnati Center for Economics also shows that with hordes of music fans, the festival “brings $107.4 million in economic impact to the region.”
The Cincinnati Music Festival hopes to repeat the success next year and has already released dates for the 2023 event. Although performers have not yet been announced, the opening night show will take place on July 20. at the Andrew J Brady Music Center with concerts July 21 and 22 at Paul Brown Stadium.
For more information on the Cincinnati Music Festival, visit cincymusicfestival.com.
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