Pharrell Williams To Honor His Hometown of Virginia with First-Time Music Festival

Recording artist Pharrell Williams speaks during a Sony press event for CES 2019 on January 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Recording artist Pharrell Williams speaks during a Sony press event for CES 2019 on January 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Clap along if you feel like reppin’ Virginia at a music festival.

If so, Pharrell Williams has the function for you. According to Billboard, Pharrell announced Something in the Water, a Virginia Beach festival featuring several events, including beach and oceanfront concerts.


“Allen Iverson. Missy Elliott. Dave Matthews Band. Ella Fitzgerald. Virginia has been home to some of the most gifted artists, athletes, and scientists to ever live. And it makes sense—the people of Virginia are one-of-a-kind: uniquely gritty, bold, and brilliant,” Williams said in a statement. “For the first time, we are harnessing that energy, bringing the great minds of our time and the biggest brands in the world to this great place, and letting the inspiration flow and well-deserved opportunities unfold. Virginia needs this right now and the world will see what we Virginians have known all along: there really is Something in the Water.”

Williams also posted a teaser for the festival on Twitter. Don’t worry, it was simple yet effective. No Fyre-esque promises of Pablo Escobar-style resorts.

The lineup (which, actually extends beyond music) includes: Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Jaden Smith, Jhene Aiko, Maggie Rogers, Migos, Diplo, Deepak Chopra, Radiant Children, Dram, Missy Elliott, Mac Demarco, Geoffrey Canada, Trap Karaoke, Ferg, SZA, Pusha T, Kaws, Masego, John-Robert, J Balvin, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Pharrell & Friends, Janelle Monae, Virgil Abloh, Pop Up Church Service, Leikeli47, Rosalia, Dave Matthews Band, and Kaytranada.

There will also be a screening of The Burial of Kojo and a follow-up conversation with writer-director Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule and Ava DuVernay, whose film distribution company, ARRAY, recently acquired the film.

For more info, including obtaining passes, head to Tickets go on sale March 8 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

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Hahaha. If you are either of the racist Northams, you would want to take care when Pharrell claims his hometown is the ENTIRE STATE.