Run The Jewels was forced to cancel their set at the Something In The Water Festival in Washington D.C. scheduled to take place over Juneteenth weekend. On Wednesday (June 15), MC/producer El-P shared a Twitter post revealing he’d just tested positive for COVID-19.
“Welp now I have Covid,” he wrote. “That means RTJ won’t be able to play the Something In The Water festival this weekend in DC. I am very sorry. I was excited to be a part of it and I don’t like letting people down. Love, el.”
He added a loose quote from the 1980 film Airplane in the caption that read, “looks like I picked the wrong month to stop sniffing glue.”
looks like i picked the wrong month to stop sniffing glue. pic.twitter.com/M4WsFWyvmL
— el-p (@therealelp) June 15, 2022
Run The Jewels recently performed at the Primavera Sound 2022 festival in Spain, but it’s unclear if that’s where El-P contracted the virus. In April, El-P had to cancel another performance at the Sound Money Fest in Miami due to an “unexpected and unavoidable conflict” he couldn’t disclose.
“My sincere apologies to anyone who was coming to see RTJ,” El-P said in an Instagram announcement. “We will make it up to you as soon as we can. The good news is my friends Big Boi and Killer Mike are going to be there to rock out for you!”
RTJ wound up playing at the Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival in Indio, California not long after. As for Pharrell’s Something In The Water Festival, the three-day event takes place on Friday (June 17), Saturday (June 18) and Sunday (June 19). Performances include Tyler, The Creator, Pusha T, Usher, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Thundercat, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, EARTHGANG, JID, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch and more.