Bonnaroo 2021 competition canceled after Hurricane Ida flooded campsites
Pack up the tent, Bonnaroo believers. The upcoming four-night music festival will not take place this weekend.
The organizers of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival canceled the four-day event due to heavy rains from Hurricane Ida, which settled on Tuesday to a tropical depression status.
The rain came in late Monday and lasted all Tuesday, resulting in oversaturated tollbooths and flooded campsites “so that we are unable to drive or park vehicles safely,” a Bonnaroo statement said.
“We are absolutely heartbroken to have to inform you that we have to cancel Bonnaroo,” said the festival on Tuesday via Twitter. “While the weather looks great this weekend, Centeroo is wet in many areas right now.”
The statement went on to say, “We have done everything in our power to try to move the show forward, but (Mother Nature) has inflicted a tremendous amount of rain on us in the past 24 hours and we are no longer able to Trying to do this will ensure that the event is safe and does justice to the Bonnaroo experience. ”
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Bonnaroo is set in Manchester, Tennessee, about 70 miles south of Nashville. The region expected the remains of Ida to receive three to six inches of rain.
Sam Herron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville, said Tuesday that nearly four inches of rain had fallen in the Manchester area.
“Of course it’s still raining down there, so there will probably be a quarter of an inch of rain by evening,” said Herron.
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This is the second Bonnaroo in a row that has been canceled. The festival in 2020 was postponed by three months due to the coronavirus pandemic and then ultimately canceled. When Bonnaroo revealed plans to return in 2021, it was for September – the first time the festival was held outside of June.
Bonnaroos Post says that all tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets (i.e. directly through the festival) will be refunded “in just 30 days to the original payment method”.
While the cancellation was a shock to many, there were warning signs from Sunday when Bonnaroo announced that the opening of the campsite would be postponed for a day due to the conditions. On Monday, they reported that areas of the campsite had been made “unusable” and offered refunds to all ticket holders.
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