Pharrell’s second annual Something In The Water festival has been postponed until next year.
“After much consideration, in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, we’ve sadly decided to postpone SOMETHING IN THE WATER 2020,” Pharrell released in a statement.
He continued, “We will return April 23-25, 2021 as part of our normal annual schedule. All tickets for 2020 will be honored for next year’s festival. Original purchasers must obtain a refund by submitting a request on this website after March 20, 2020. All refund requests must be submitted through this website and no refunds will be processed by contacting Front Gate Tickets via phone or email.”
“Please use this time to keep building, creating, and progressing. The SITW team certainly will,” he said. “There are a number of timely community-centric displays of goodwill that we are working hard to ensure still happen this April - things like the planting of a new school garden, public art, SITW Restaurant Week and more.”
The festival was originally scheduled to be held in Pharrell’s hometown of Virginia Beach from Apr. 23-26. This year’s line up included performances from Trey Songz, Usher, Migos, Missy Elliot, Travis Scott, Janelle Monáe and others.
“I applaud Pharrell for making the right decision given the challenging circumstances we are all confronting,” Virginia Mayor Bobby Dyer said. “Ultimately, the public’s health and safety are priority one at this time.”
In 2019, the SITW festival came to life. The three-day festival had performances from Chris Brown, Usher, JAY-Z, Diddy, SZA, Charlie Wilson, Teddy Riley and more.
SITW is one of many festivals postponed or cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Coachella has been rescheduled to October. J. Cole’s Dreamville festival has been rescheduled until August. South By Southwest has been cancelled, but they are planning to air the film competition online.