Pharrell Wiliams’ Something in the Water festival returns on Juneteenth weekend but this time in Washington D.C.!
The annual festival that is usually hosted in Pharrell’s hometown of Virginia Beach will be moving to D.C. starting June 17-19.
The festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 and will have a mix of R&B and hip-hop artists including Usher, Lil Baby, Pusha T, and more.
The superstar producer reportedly pulled the festival from Virginia Beach following the death of his cousin Donovon Lynch in 2021. Lynch was shot and killed by Virginia Beach Police Officer Solomon Simmons who was later cleared of all charges in November 2021.
“I love my city, but for far too long it has been run by and with toxic energy,” Williams said in the letter per WAVY. “The toxic energy that changed the narrative several times around the homicide of my cousin, [Donovon] Lynch, a citizen of Virginia, is the same toxic energy that changed the narrative around the mass murder and senseless loss of life at Building Number 2.”
Williams added: “I wish the same energy I’ve felt from Virginia Beach leadership upon losing the festival would have been similarly channeled following the loss of my relative’s life.”
Something in the Water tickets can be purchased here and check out the full list of performers below: