Pharrell Williams’ “Something in the Water Festival” this year for 2022. The three-day festival’s lineup, which will include several surprise performances, and said it will take place in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall.

Traditionally held along the Virginia Beach oceanfront, the festival this year will be held on Independence Avenue in the nation’s capital on Juneteenth weekend — Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19. It will feature artists like Chloe x Halle, Ashe, Calvin Harris, Bia, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Jon Batiste and Tyler, the Creator just to name a few…  Also billed is “Pharrell & Phriends & Some People We Can’t Announce.”


Festival Passes Info, Panels & Marketplace

  • Three-day passes will be available on the festival’s website at 10 a.m. Saturday. If you’re a Virginia resident, you can take advantage of a presale on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans who bought passes to previous “Something in the Water” festivals can order their passes even earlier – starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. and running through Thursday at 10 p.m.“D.C. has always been a deep inspiration to me as a person and a musician,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday. “It is the land where go-go music was birthed, which has provided so much for our people.”The festival is not just about music. Williams’ nonprofit initiative, Black Ambition, will host a competition for local Black and Latinx startup founders and other entrepreneurs, as well as panel discussions and similar events. It will also feature a marketplace to showcase products from such businesses.

Sunday Service

  • And on Sunday, a free pop-up church service will be held in West Potomac Park, near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.“If you’re celebrating music, if you’re celebrating Black excellence, if you’re drawing attention to the people who have dedicated their lives to knocking down barriers and uplifting our communities — then there is no better place to do that than in Washington, D.C.,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.And it appears that D.C. will be the new home for the festival moving forward: In Tuesday’s announcement, Events DC’s Ralph Morton said Something in the Water will become “a powerful tradition in D.C.”

Falling Out with Virginia Beach

Last fall, Williams reportedly told leaders in Virginia Beach that he would move the festival away from the city’s oceanfront, because of how the city investigated the shooting death of his cousin Donovon Lynch by a police officer.

During a news conference Tuesday at D.C.’s Ballou High School, Williams said moving the festival to D.C. was about “elevating our mission and our intention.”

“And the greatest way to do that is to find the highest ground,” he said.

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