Fresh off of producing half of Pusha T’s coke-covered fourth studio album It’s Almost Dry, Pharrell is ready to dive back into the festival that he built from the ground up.
His “Something In The Water” festival returns this summer over Juneteenth weekend and includes a staggering lineup littered with top-tier talent. Boasting headlining acts in Pusha T, Tyler the Creator, Lil Baby, JID, Lil Uzi Vert, BIA, Denzel Curry, Omar Apollo and many more, the poster also suggests a few surprises are in store for festival-goers. It’ll be Pharrell’s second outing as MC of “Something In The Water” — after the past two years were canceled due to COVID-19 shutdowns.
The two-day festival will be held June 17 through June 19 on Independence Avenue in Washington D.C. In a statement released via press, The Neptunes legend further spoke on how “Something In The Water is so much more than a festival” and how important it was for it to hosted in the nation’s capital.
“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. 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. It is the land where Go-Go Music was birthed which has provided so much for our people. Our sponsors continue to go the extra mile to show that Something in the Water is so much more than a festival.”
“The goodwill we generate is a defining trait of who we are. We will always have the hottest artists, but to pair that energy with these brands showing up for the community is what makes this festival a vehicle for change.”Pharrel Williams via release
DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser followed with her own statement.
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 E Bowser
The festival began just after Pharrell had helped make Juneteenth a national holiday and sees the shift in location as a major milestone. Similarly in an interview with Complex, P divulged on how he initially wanted to hold the event at the highest possible level when he first planned it. Now that he’s building stages at Washington National Mall, it’s more than just festival — and that’s more than enough for Pharrell.
Passes will be available for purchase April 30 at somethinginthewater.com