Pack up the tent, Bonnaroo faithful. The upcoming four-night music festival isn’t happening this weekend.
Rain moved in late Monday and continued throughout Tuesday, causing saturated tollbooth paths and flooded campgrounds “to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely,” according to a statement from Bonnaroo.
“We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo,” the festival said Tuesday via Twitter. “While this weekend’s weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas.”
The statement 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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Bonnaroo takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, about 70 miles south of Nashville. The region expected to get three to six inches of rain from the remnants of Ida.
Sam Herron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville, said Tuesday that just under three inches of rain had fallen around the Manchester area.
“Of course it’s still raining down there, so probably another quarter inch of rain is expected to fall into the evening,” Herron said.
This is the second consecutive Bonnaroo to be canceled. 2020’s fest was pushed back three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, then ultimately cancelled. When Bonnaroo unveiled plans for a return in 2021, it was for September – marking the first time the festival has ever been held outside of June.
Bonnaroo’s post says all tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets (i.e. directly through the festival) will be refunded “in as little as 30 days to the original method of payment.”
While the cancellation came as a shock to many, there were warning signs starting on Sunday, when Bonnaroo announced it would delay its campground opening by a day due to conditions. On Monday, they reported that areas of the campground were rendered “unusable,” and offered refunds to all ticketholders.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Bonnaroo 2021 festival canceled after Hurricane Ida floods campgrounds