Hurricane Ida has rained on Bonnaroo’s parade, making the festival impossible in 2021 and forcing event organizers to cancel this year’s comeback edition. Following last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19 lockdowns, this summer will mark the second year in a row the beloved Manchester, Tennessee festival is forced to forgo hosting an event. While forecasts suggest the weather may clear before the festival’s September 2 – 5 run, the volume of rainfall experienced in the area has rendered ground operations ahead of the event impossible to manage. In an attempt to deal with worsening ground saturation and flooding, organizers tried to scale back camping accommodations, though that proved to be a final hail Mary effort before Bonnaroo officially had to call it a day.
See the festival’s full statement below.
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…
— Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) August 31, 2021
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