Pharrell Williams has revealed the lineup for the return of his Something In The Water Festival in 2022. The festival will take place in Washington, D.C. after Williams last year pulled it from its initial home in his native Virginia Beach, VA amid tensions with local government over its handling of sensitive racial issues.
Rather than taking place over spring break weekend in Virginia Beach, as it did in its inaugural year in 2019, Something In The Water Festival will take place over Juneteenth weekend (June 17th–19th) in 2022. This year the festivities will be expanded to three stages, situated in the heart of our nation’s capital, directly on Independence Avenue and its adjacent streets.
The Pharrell-curated festival, produced by Live Nation and Redrock Entertainment, will present an eclectic mix of the biggest names in hip-hop and beyond including Ashanti & Ja Rule, Calvin Harris, Dave Matthews Band, EARTHGANG, Jon Batiste, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, Rae Sremmurd, Run The Jewels, Teyana Taylor, Thundercat, T.I., Tierra Whack, Tyler, The Creator, and Usher.
Other scheduled performers include 6LACK, Adekunle Gold, Ashe, Baby Tate, Baird, BIA, Blxst, Chloe x Halle, Davido, Denzel Curry, DJ Domo, Dominic Fike, Dreamer Isioma, Duckwrth, Emotional Oranges, ericdoa, Gracie Abrams, Hope Tala, Jean Dawson, Jeremy Zucker, JID, Lakeyah, Lucky Daye, María Isabel, Mariah the Scientist, Moneybagg Yo, Montell Fish, Ogi, Omar Apollo, Ozuna, Paris Texas, Q, Quinn XCII, Raveena, Rei Ami, Roddy Ricch, ROLE MODEL, Saba, Sabrina Claudio, Skepta, Skiifall, Skillibeng, slowthai, Snoh Aalegra, Syd, Tobe Nwigwe, Tokischa, YVNGXCHRIS, and more to be announced.
Of course, Pharrell Williams will also take the stage for a special Pharrell & Friends performance billed alongside “some people we can’t announce.” The festival will also highlight D.C.’s unique music culture with various Go-Go musicians including Backyard Band, Rare Essence, and Sound of the City.
Three-day passes for Something In The Water Festival 2022 go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. local time via the festival website. Fans who purchased Something In The Water packages for previous years will have access to an exclusive pre-sale for the 2022 event from Wednesday, April 27th at 10 a.m. ET until Thursday, April 28th at 10 p.m. ET.
Virginia residents will have access to a “Virginia Locals Only” pre-sale on Friday, April 29th from 10 a.m. ET through 5 p.m. ET. Residents can purchase festival passes in person at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach box office without ticketing fees. For more information, head here.
The extra love for Virginia locals echoes the original sentiments of Something In The Water Festival even after its highly publicized falling out with the powers that be in Virginia Beach. As Williams wrote in a letter to the city’s mayor in October of 2021, “I love the city of Virginia Beach. I’ve always loved the city of Virginia Beach and most importantly our people. When we did the festival [in 2019], it was to ease racial tension, to unify the region, bring about economic development opportunities and broaden the horizons of the local business community. We achieved those things! I love my city, but for far too long it has been run by— and with toxic energy,”
He also referenced Virginia Beach’s treatment of his cousin, Donovan Lynch, who was shot and killed by police officers in March of 2021, stating that the city’s unwillingness to address the broader issues of injustice and human rights was unacceptable. “I sang about a room without a roof, but I am tired of kindly and politely being shown the door,” he wrote. “I realize the city hasn’t valued my proposed solutions.”
In 2020, Pharrell went on a mission to convince his home state of Virginia to recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday. He eventually joined forces with other thought leaders, governors, and large corporations to pledge to make Juneteenth an officially recognized holiday as well. The movement was powerful and took on a life of its own, with President Joe Biden eventually declaring Juneteenth a national holiday.
While the 2022 event will make strides to retain its spiritual connection to Virginia Beach, it will also embrace the corresponding significance of its new dates and location.
In 2022, Something In The Water will continue its mission to unite communities, celebrate diversity and empower everyone from the youth to small business owners in Washington, D.C.
“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.],” said Mayor Muriel Bowser of the festival.
“Something In The Water is a Black solution (LOVE) for a systemic issue, and this year we are taking our celebration to a higher platform – the nation’s Capital during Juneteenth Weekend,” said Pharell. “We want to show the world that there is Something In The Water across the whole DMV and I want to continue to bring awareness to the greatness within these communities and invite large corporations to show up for the people.
“[D.C.] has always been a deep inspiration to me as a person and a musician,” he continued. “It is the land where Go-Go Music was birthed which has provided so much for our people.”
For more information about Something In The Water Festival 2022, head to the festival website here. See below for a full lineup.
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