Something in the Water 2022 drops the weekend of June 16 on Independence Avenue in Washington, DC

VIRGINIA, USA — The something in the water music festival returns, starting Friday afternoon. He’s back in person after the inaugural festival in Virginia Beach three years ago.

However, the event will not be at the Oceanfront this time around.

“I went to the first [in 2019], It was amazing. I’m ready for this one. I don’t care where it is. It doesn’t matter if he had it on the moon, I’m here,” said Willie Williams II of Suffolk.

Williams II expressed excitement about going to Washington D.C.

“I can’t wait, I can’t wait,” he said.

Artists Justin Timberlake, Usher, Pusha T and Gracie Abrams are among a long list of artists taking the stage.

Virginia Beach native and Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams has decided to move his Something in the Water festival to the nation’s capital this year.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Williams chose to leave the Oceanfront, after describing “toxic energy” among Virginia Beach city leaders.

He is also the cousin of Donovon Lynch, who was shot dead by police near the beach in March last year.

Ticket holders can look forward to three days of music, food, and family-friendly activities along part of Independence Avenue SW.

“That’s the best bet, instead of trying to find parking wherever you are, take the subway,” Williams II said.

Among the vendors who will be in attendance are Ericka Crowder of the Norfolk breakfast and brunch spot, Cutta’s kitchen.

“I’m here to represent Virginia, the 757,” she told Us as she drove to DC on Thursday afternoon.

Crowder originally signed up to sell food at the festival before the pandemic. She said that this particular opportunity was long overdue.

“We’ve done a few other big festivals out of state, but this one is closest to home,” Crowder said. “We really wanted it to be in Virginia Beach, but we’ll take DC”

She mentioned that her team is ready for big crowds, with her signature dishes like loaded fries, fruity French toast and basil-strawberry lemonade.

“Giving people my food, enjoying the music, just having a good idea and seeing what it has to offer,” Crowder said.

Hours before this year’s festival kicked off, social media was flooded with people trying to sell their tickets at the last minute.

“A lot of people can’t get hotels, they didn’t get any at first. Now they’re trying to get some and the prices are outrageous,” said Willie Williams.

Three-day general admission passes are $399.50, plus per-piece fees.

Those – with shuttle tickets — are always available.