Written by: Mikala Lugen
UPDATE: Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Cancels 2021 Event
Update: Tuesday, August 31st
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced the cancelation of their 2021 event due to flooding and waterlogged campgrounds caused by Hurricane Ida.
The festival had been scheduled for September 2nd to 5th prior to its cancellation, which was announced via social media today. “We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo,” reads the statement. “While this weekend’s weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas, the ground is incredibly saturated on our tollbooth paths, and the campgrounds are flooded to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely.”
“We have done everything in our power to try to keep the show moving forward, but Mother Nature has dealt us a tremendous amount of rain over the past 24 hours, and we have run out of options to try to make the event happen safely and in a way that lives up to the Bonnaroo experience.”
The cancelation announcement comes following a slew of notices from the festival over the past couple of days with ongoing bad news. On Monday evening, Bonnaroo announced that it would be reducing camping capacity and issue requested refunds due to the potential effects of anticipated tropical storm Ida. A day prior, the festival posted that it would not open the campgrounds as planned on Tuesday to allow time to access the storm’s effect.
After cancelling its 2020 edition and postponing and rescheduling the festival three times, organizers have had quite the hard time. Additionally, amid a surge of COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, Bonnaroo recently instated various pandemic protocols, including entry requirements mandating attendees provide proof of vaccination or a negative test.
This year’s sold-out festival was slated to feature performances from Seven Lions, deadmau5, Boombox Cartel, TroyBoi, Big Wild, Lucii, and SVDDEN DEATH, Fighers, Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey, Tyler, The Creator, and more.
Bonnaroo will be issuing refunds through Front Gate Tickets within 30 days.
Original Publishing: Monday, August 3oth
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announced that it would be reducing camping capacity for its 2021 event slated for this week due to the potential effects of Tropical Depression Ida.
The festival is offering a refund request window for those who no longer wish to attend. Refund requests are open now and will end on Tuesday, August 31st at 8 p.m. CT.
The announcement comes following the festival’s prior notice that the campgrounds would not be open as planned on Tuesday to allow time to access the storm’s effect on the festival grounds. However, the box office will remain open on Tuesday.
Currently, Ida has been reduced to a “tropical depression” instead of a “hurricane,” but its true effects are still unknown at this time as it braces for New Orleans, LA and surrounding states.
This is just the latest Bonnaroo has had to deal with as a festival organizer. Originally having to postpone its 2020 edition then cancel all together, and then reschedule its 2021 event from its original June dates to September, they’ve had quite the hard time. The festival recently instituted various COVID-19 protocols for this week’s event, including required proof of vaccination or a negative test.
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