BREAKING: “We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo,” begins the festival’s official statement Tuesday afternoon.
Heartbreaking, indeed. Bonaroo has just announced they will have to cancel 2021’s Roo. While COVID continues to swell in the U.S., it is actually Hurricane Ida’s torrential rainfall that is to blame.
“While this weekend’s weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas, the ground is incredibly saturated on our tollbooth paths,” Bonaroo announces via Twitter.
According to the festival “Campgrounds are flooded to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely.”
The statement continues: “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… 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.”
As a result, Bonaroo is asking that would-be festival goers “Please find ways to safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time.”
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As for ticket refunds, Roo states that “All tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets will be refunded in as little as 30 days to the original method of payment.”
“As little as 30 days” is sure to cause a funk… That’s a long time for a refund! Bonnaroo followers are already up in arms over the announcement, too.
“But these refunds will take 7-10??? Make it make sense,” replies Jan D. on Twitter, citing the festival’s official site.
Previously to Tuesday’s announcement, the show would say that “The Bonnaroo Team is working around the clock and, just like you, watching the storm very closely. We will provide additional updates as soon as possible! There are low areas of The Farm that may [see severe impact] by the rain.”
This, of course, would come in response to Hurricane Ida’s immense downpour for the Southeastern United States. Just 24 hours ago, Roo would also reduce their capacity.
“Due to the expectation of significant rain on The Farm from Hurricane Ida, and the knowledge that areas of our campgrounds will be unusable… Mother Nature has forced us to reduce our camping capacity,” Bonnaroo would post Monday.
Now, however, Bonnaroo is officially off for 2021.