Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams perform at Something In The Water in 2019
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Pharrell Williams' 2020 Something In The Water Festival Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
In a post shared on the festival's official website and social media accounts, organizers announced they are postponing the event to next April. The announcement comes "after much consideration" and "in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach," where the event was originally set to take place next month.
"Please use this time to keep building, creating, and progressing," the post reads. "The SITW team certainly will. 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."
While the post does not specifically cite the coronavirus pandemic as the reasoning behind the festival cancellation, Rolling Stone is reporting the event "has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak."
This year's edition, which was to feature expanded programming and extra festival dates, would have marked the event's second annual installment after its inaugural run last April. The lineup for the 2020 iteration was to feature A$AP Rocky, Migos, Beck, Foo Fighters, Brittany Howard and Major Lazer, in additional to multiple artists with whom Williams has collaborated throughout the years. The festival has not yet announced any potential lineup changes or artist cancellations due to the postponement.
Tickets purchased for the 2020 edition will be honored for the rescheduled dates next year. Refunds will be available via the festival's website after March 20.
Something In The Water is the latest festival to postpone or cancel their 2020 edition due to the global coronavirus pandemic. This month alone, Coachella and Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival, SXSW, Lollapalooza Argentina, Treefort Music Fest, Afro Nation Puerto Rico, Brussels' Listen! Festival, Record Store Day and several other major events and festivals were called off or rescheduled due to the coronavirus.