Canceled or postponed? City officials to weigh in on fate of Something in the Water

Posted at 11:00 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 05:55:54-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Amid the growing global coronavirus pandemic, there are still more questions than answers about the future of Pharrell’s huge music festival Something in the Water scheduled to return to the Oceanfront in April.

Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer tells News 3 the impact of the governor's state of emergency declared on Thursday is being evaluated - and things are still a work in progress.

The mayor said he believes there will be more clarity about the festival's future in the coming days. He said he hopes there is a chance the festival will be postponed instead of being flat-out canceled.

He added city and event staff are working toward a solution.

Some people looking forward to the festival say they understand the difficult decisions ahead.

“I do just for the simple fact that people were looking forward to it since last year," Bryan Kaopio, someone who planned to attend SITW, said. "At the same time, it's back to the argument of being safe. We have to take that for us.”

Virginia Beach Vice Mayor Jim Wood told News 3 Something in the Water is on the agenda for next Tuesday’s city council meeting, but promoters could make a decision before then.