Here’s the lineup for Pharrell’s ‘Something in the Water’

Something in the Water festival from Pharrell Williams (Sputhside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
Something in the Water festival from Pharrell Williams (Sputhside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

VIRGINIA BEACH – Perhaps a vast majority of residents already know there’s going to be “Something in the Water” come April, and now star backer Pharrell Williams has released the lineup.

Williams made the announcement via a video tweet Sunday. The event will be on April 26, 27 & 28.

The Virginia Beach native will be among the performers along with Travis Scott, Diplo, Portsmouth-native Missy Elliott.

Watch the video immediately below this story.

The 2019 season is being dubbed “a transition year,” as the festival integrates “as the primary social programming” of College Beach Weekend, according to City Council documents.

Williams and his multimedia branding company I Am Other are funding the festival. He is also a partner for the Virginia Beach surf park and 3,500-seat entertainment center venture.

“This is going to be a transformative event for our city,” said Mayor Robert “Bobby” Dyer. “We are absolutely thrilled with the plans Pharrell and his team have for this year. There will be no doubt that what is ‘in the water’ around Virginia Beach is ‘something’ very special.”

Here’s a list of performers:

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

Tickets for the festival will go on sale Friday at noon and can be purchased at according to a news release from Live Nation, producer of the festival.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.