Pharrell has unveiled the lineup for his 2023 Something In The Water Festival, and it promises performances from a host of big names including Lil Wayne,Lil Uzi Vert and others.
The festival will return to Virginia Beach for a three-day run on April 28, 29 and 30 after temporarily relocating to Washington, D.C. last year.
The lineup also includes Lil Durk, Kid Cudi, Wu-Tang Clan, Clipse, Lil Yachty, Polo G, Coi Leray, Latto, Doechii, Summer Walker, Wale, Machine Gun Kelly, Kehlani, NLE Choppa, Babyface Ray, Flo Milli and many more.
Tickets are available at the festival’s website here.
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The latest rendition of Something In The Water comes after 2022’s equally-as-stacked roster, which saw performances from Tyler, The Creator, Pusha T, Usher, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Thundercat, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, EARTHGANG, J.I.D, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, Run The Jewels and many others.
The festival’s change in location to D.C. was because Pharrell felt his hometown of Virginia Beach hadn’t done enough to address the police killing of his cousin Donovon Lynch in 2021. The Neptunes hitmaker announced the festival’s cancellation that year in a letter to Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhaney.
“I love my city, but for far too long it has been run by — and with toxic energy,” he wrote. “The toxic energy that changed the narrative several times around the homicide of my cousin, [Donovon] Lynch, a citizen of Virginia, is the same toxic energy that changed the narrative around the mass murder and senseless loss of life at Building Number 2.”
He continued: “I wish the same energy I’ve felt from Virginia Beach leadership upon losing the festival would have been similarly channeled following the loss of my relative’s life.”
This year’s Something In The Water will mark the first time the festival has come back to Virginia Beach since its debut in 2019.
“The demand for the festival in Virginia Beach and The 757 – among the people – has never wavered,” Skateboard P said in a statement last November. “If anything it has only intensified. College Beach Weekend continues every year and the city of Virginia Beach leaders have been eager to reconcile and move forward.
“The environment is finally optimized for return and the announcement will delight everyone — from HBCU students across the eastern USA to the hundreds of small businesses who will play a role in the festival to the cities within the region and neighborhoods that will serve as hosts.”