R&B and Hip Hop Festival Juicy Is Returning Down Under in 2025 with Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, SWV and Blackstreet

Akon, Tyga, Omarion, Fat Joe and Jacquees will also be on the lineup when this fest returns for its third year.
Sarah Ward
Published on April 22, 2024

When your first year featured Nelly, Ne-Yo, Ja Rule, Bow Wow and Xzibit, and your second had T-Pain, Ashanti, The Game and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, what comes next? For Juicy Festival, it's now time for Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, SWV and Blackstreet.

The nostalgic R&B and hip hop fest has locked in its return Down Under in January 2025, again starting in New Zealand with gigs in Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland. After that, it'll head across the ditch for its Australian shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland. And, as always, it hasn't skimped on the lineup.

After making an appearance at Usher's 2024 Super Bowl halftime show — and spending two decades as part of the Fast and Furious franchise — Ludacris leads the Juicy Festival bill. Expect to hear everything from 'What's Your Fantasy' and 'Area Codes' to 'Runaway Love' and 'Rollout'.

Keyshia Cole's 'Love', girl group SWV's 'Right Here' and Blackstreet's 'No Diggity' are all set to be fest highlights, on a lineup that'll also see Akon, Tyga, Omarion, Fat Joe and Jacquees take to the stage.

"This year's lineup is packed with artists responsible for some of R&B and hip hop's biggest hits of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, and we're excited to see the crowd respond to the high energy of our artists," said festival promoter Matthew Spratt.

"Every year we are excited to bring another line-up to Australia, and we believe we've come up with a high-calibre group of artists that people will be excited to see," added his colleague Glenn Meikle.

"We've locked in some of the biggest names in R&B and hip hop from the 1990s and 2000s era, and they're just as excited about coming to Australia as we are to be hosting them," finished Spratt.

When Juicy Fest debuted in January 2023, it attracted more than 100,000 attendees.

The event hasn't announced 2025 venues so far, or exactly where in Queensland it'll be heading to, but tickets go on sale from Thursday, May 2.

Juicy Fest 2025 Dates:

Wednesday, January 8 — Christchurch, venue TBC
Friday, January 10 — Wellington, venue TBC
Saturday, January 11 — Auckland, venue TBC
Sunday, January 12 — Tauranga, venue TBC
Wednesday, January 15 – Perth, venue TBC
Friday, January 17 – Melbourne, venue TBC
Saturday, January 18 – Sydney, venue TBC
Sunday, January 19 - Queensland, venue TBC

Juicy Fest 2025 Lineup:

Keyshia Cole
Fat Joe

Juicy Fest will tour Australia and New Zealand in January 2025, with tickets pre-registrations available from 6pm local time on Wednesday, May 1 — and tickets on sale from 6pm local time on Thursday, May 2. Head to the festival's website to register for pre-sale access.

Published on April 22, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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