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Bonnaroo 2021 canceled suddenly days before festival start

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The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been canceled for a second consecutive year, just days before it was slated to start.

While the multiday Manchester, Tennessee, event was called off last year due to COVID-19, this year it’s being axed due to flooding. 

“We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo,” organizers wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

This year’s four-day festival was set to take place from Thursday through Sunday, with a lineup including Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler, the Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Tame Impala, Jason Isbell, Leon Bridges, Incubus and Lana Del Rey. 

The forecast is clear, but unfortunately rain from Hurricane Ida this week, now a tropical depression, left the campground flooded beyond a timely fixing. 

“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,” the cancellation-announcement post continued. “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.” 

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The festival was canceled last year due to COVID-19.
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In lieu of the festival, organizers encouraged ticket holders to “safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time.” They also promised that “WE WILL SEE YOU ON THE FARM IN JUNE 2022!” and that all tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets will be refunded to the original method of payment “in as little as 30 days.”



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