CONFIRMED! Pharrell’s ‘Something In The Water Festival’ Coming To D.C. with Usher, Ja Rule & Ashanti, Teyana Taylor, Chloe x Halle, Tyler The Creator, Backyard Band, Rare Essence & MANY MORE For Juneteenth Weekend! [Details]

Posted April 26, 2022

Weeks ago there were reports that Pharrell Williams‘Something In The Water’ Festival would reportedly resume for the first time since COVID in D.C. this Summer.

The festival that kicked off initially in 2019 in Pharrell’s hometown of Virginia Beach, was put on pause due to the pandemic, but now is back for its second annual show and is relocating to the DMV after some drama that reportedly went down with officials in VA.

Pharrell’s cousin, Donovan Lynch, was killed by Virginia Beach police in 2021, and Pharrell took a stance against their actions and even wrote a letter to Virginia Beach City Manager saying he loved the city, but it was run with “toxic energy.” As a result, he has pulled his festival.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Pharrell officially made the announcement Tuesday afternoon and confirmed a star-studded lineup including:

6LACK, Adekunle Gold, Ashanti & Ja Rule,Ashe, Baby Tate, Baird, BIA, Blxst, Calvin Harris, Chloe x Halle, Dave Matthews Band, Davido, Denzel Curry, DJ Domo, Dominic Fike, Dreamer Isioma, Duckwrth, EARTHGANG, Emotional Oranges, ericdoa, Gracie Abrams, Hope Tala, Jean Dawson, Jeremy Zucker, JID, Jon Batiste, Lakeyah, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Lucky Daye, María Isabel, Mariah the Scientist, Moneybagg Yo, Montell Fish, Ogi, Omar Apollo, Ozuna, Paris Texas, Pharrell & Phriends, Pusha T, Q, Quinn XCII, Rae Sremmurd, Raveena, Rei Ami, Roddy Ricch, ROLE MODEL, Run The Jewels, Saba, Sabrina Claudio, Skepta, Skiifall, Skillibeng, slowthai, Snoh Aalegra, Syd, Teyana Taylor, Thundercat, T.I., Tierra Whack, Tobe Nwigwe, Tokischa, Tyler, The Creator, Usher, and YVNGXCHRIS.

Go-Go legends Backyard Band, Rare Essence, and Sound of the City are also set to perform alongside more acts to be announced. This year’s festival will take place during the Juneteenth weekend of June 17-19. 

Three-day passes will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. local time. Fans who purchased passes for previous years will have access to a pre-sale on Wednesday, April 27.

Get into Pharrell and D.C. Mayor, Murial Bowser as they surprise Ballou High School students in D.C. on Tuesday with the official announcment.

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