Pharrell Williams shuts down ‘Something In The Water’ music festival to get help for deceased fans

Pharrell Williams wasn’t about to ignore needy fans at a gig this weekend.

The “Happy” singer reportedly stopped performing – twice – during his set at Something in the Water Festival in Washington DC on Saturday so officials could attend to concert-goers who needed medical attention from emergency.

In a video tweeted by WTTG Fox Newsthe 49-year-old Grammy winner can be seen standing on stage next to fellow performers No Malice and Pusha T as an announcer asks onlookers to help EMT workers locate the fan falls.

williams tweeted his own video of the incident which showed him thanking onlookers for their help. “Isn’t that what we do? We lift people up,” the singer can be heard saying to the cheers of the crowd.

He captioned the clip, “Thank you for taking care of each other tonight DC.”

Pharrell Williams performs onstage during the 2022 Something in the Water Music Festival on Independence Avenue on June 18, 2022 in Washington, DC.Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Independent media DC RealTime News explained in a tweet that Williams interrupted the show twice on Saturday to help fans who needed emergency care.

“The show has stopped again, apparently another client may have a medical emergency. Again @Pharrell is stopping the show to ensure this person is taken care of. Nothing but RESPECT for that”, wrote the media.

There has been a renewed focus on concert safety after a deadly surge in crowds at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston killed 10 people, including a 9-year-old boy, in 2021.

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It’s not the first time that Williams, who shares four children with his wife Lasichanh, has led with his heart on the concert stage.

At a benefit concert for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in October 2018, the singer invited a 9-year-old patient named Eliana to dance with him onstage to his hit “Happy.”

When the pair was over, Eliana gushed into a microphone, “I love Pharrell. He’s the best.”

Then, when Eliana told the audience she wanted to share a private word with Pharrell, the singer gently turned off both of their microphones and gave her her full attention before the two exchanged an emotional embrace.


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