ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
FILE - The new Bonnaroo arch appears at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 16, 2019, in Manchester, Tenn. Heavy rains from Hurricane Ida have forced Bonnaroo to cancel as organizer say the waterlogged festival grounds are unsafe for driving or camping. On social media, the festival said on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, that tremendous rainfall over the last 24 hours, remnants of Ida's powerful winds and rain, have saturated the paths and camping areas. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival for 2021 is now officially canceled because of rains brought to the Manchester, Tennessee, area as part of the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

The festival was supposed to take place starting Thursday with a sold-out crowd of 80,000 people who were expected to begin arriving on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday afternoon, an announcement that fans had been fearing all day was posted on social media. More details were provided on the festival's website.

"We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo. 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.

"Please find ways to safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time. WE WILL SEE YOU ON THE FARM IN JUNE 2022!

"All tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets will be refunded in as little as 30 days to the original method of payment."

Organizers announced late Monday afternoon that they would have to shrink the size of the campgrounds and offered refunds to fans, given the rains stemming from Hurricane Ida.

Organizers had also announced that they would not let people into the campgrounds on Tuesday as originally planned.

While many people on social media, including someone from the festival, repeated the festival's unofficial motto of "Radiate Positivity" and asked for people to be patient and understanding, especially towards the festival's crew and volunteers, others expressed frustration. Especially patrons who noted they had already purchased supplies and in some cases packed their vehicles in preparation for lengthy drives to the event, with some taking 10 to 16 hours.

One Twitter user wrote, "So what does this mean for us who have camping passes? Turning people away at the door? Extend the refund period until you can at least assess the situation or provide us with something. A lot of people are traveling from across the country."

Another wrote, "Bonnaroo gonna make us compete for a camping spot, this is the hunger games."

Others pointed out that some fans had already sold their tickets for less than face value, which started around $350.

Summer Hyche wrote on Twitter, "have to decide if I'm going to Bonnaroo or getting a refund by 8 tonight and I'm stresssedddd.

Manchester City Schools also announced on Tuesday that it would be closing schools and extended care from Wednesday until Sept. 7 because of "increased traffic volume because of weather-related changes to Bonnaroo entry.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT