The final day of Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water 2023 music festival was scheduled to take place today (April 30) in Virginia Beach, but the festival has announced that it’s been canceled due to severe weather. “We did not make this decision easily but everyone’s safety is our top priority,” the festival’s statement reads.
Grace Jones, Clipse, Lil Uzi Vert, Wu-Tang Clan, 100 gecs, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Aminé, Lil Durk, Flo Milli, and more were scheduled to perform today. Refunds for 33% of the full weekend ticket cost will be issued. Today’s cancellation comes after the first two days of the festival were delayed due to weather.
“Dearest Virginia, we are the best,” Pharrell said in a statement. “These past few days have been the best. Even during this Tornado Watch and Lightning Storm right now as I type, we are the best. Thank you for giving the folks that travel here that energy and that LOVE that only we can give. Thank you to our partners, the vendors, production, policemen, firemen, the city council, the mayor and all who volunteered. The spirit here was felt everywhere! Next year we will shift the dates because this rain ain’t playing, but we will be! Next year, more acts, more merch, more food… just more! Continued blessings and favor to you all.”
The rest of the festival’s lineup included a set from Pharrell’s Phriends, which included M.I.A., A$AP Rocky, De La Soul, Diddy, Chris Brown, Coi Leray, Latto, Lola Brooke, and others. It also included Lil Wayne, Jazmine Sullivan, Mumford & Sons, Yendry, Kehlani, Ayra Starr, and more.
This weekend was the first installment of the festival in Williams’ hometown of Virginia Beach since he moved the event to Washington D.C. The move came after Williams criticized his hometown’s government over its handling of the shooting death of his 25-year-old cousin, Donovon Lynch. The city reached a $3 million settlement with Lynch’s family in December.