Pharrell held the inaugural edition of his Something In The Water festival in April of 2019 in his hometown of Virginia Beach, with Missy Elliott, Migos, Pusha T, SZA, Janelle Monae, J Balvin, A$AP Ferg, Rosalía, Mac DeMarco, Diplo, Travis Scott, Leikeli47, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Jhene Aiko, Kaytranda, Lil Uzi Vert, Maggie Rogers, Virgil Abloh, and more. The fest was scheduled to return in 2020, but was ultimately cancelled because of COVID. Now it seems uncertain that the festival will return at all; if it does, it likely won't be to the same location. WAVY Pharrell sent a letter to City Manager Patrick Duhaney on Tuesday (10/5), blasting Virginia Beach for its "toxic energy."
"When we did the festival," Pharrell wrote in the letter, "it was to ease racial tension, to unify the region, bring about economic development opportunities and broaden the horizons of the local business community. We achieved those things! I wish the same energy I've felt from Virginia Beach leadership upon losing the festival would have been similarly channeled following the loss of my relative's life."