‘Bonnaroo’ Organizers Replace Large Music Festival with Nashville ‘Make-Up Show’

by Michael Freeman

Adding to the immense devastation Hurricane Ida has wrought, it is also responsible for a number of event cancellations. Among these is Bonnaroo 2021, a music festival featuring a lineup of more than 150 musicians every year. However, organizers announced a make-up show of a smaller scale in Nashville, Tennessee on September 4.

Taking place at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, the make-up show will feature Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, and Sylvan Esso. It should also be noted attendees will be required to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results within the last 48 hours or proof of vaccination.

“Hey Bonnaroovians! If you’re still around and looking for a little bit of Bonnaroo magic then come join us this Saturday night!” Tickets for the show go on sale at 1 p.m. ET on Friday (Sept. 3),” organizers excitedly wrote on Instagram.

Regardless, event organizers still issued a statement apologizing for canceling the original event. “We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo. 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.”

The statement finishes with organizers saying they hope people will continue to be positive and to look forward to June 2022.

The event was originally slated to feature performers such as Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Run the Jewels, and more.

Zach Bryan Reaches Out To Fans Amid Bonnaroo 2021 Cancellation

Oddly enough, 2021 is the second year in a row Bonnaroo was canceled. Country singer Zach Bryan was among one of the 150 plus musicians set to play and reached out to fans after hearing the news.

“Sorry about Bonnaroo being canceled! Going to do my best to head out to Tennessee soon, I’m sorry guys and I care about every last one of ya.'”

Though he may not be as widely known as some of the other artists scheduled to attend, he’s quickly emerging as a popular country musician. Getting his start on YouTube back in 2017, he soon after released DeAnn, his first album. Many compare his voice and style to Tyler Childers. Though he admires the artist, Bryan wants to forge his own identity.

“I cannot express it enough that music is not for comparing,” he explained on Twitter. “Childers is tenfold the musician I am and I will never say otherwise… I’m barely even a musician and my pet peeve is the constant comparison of everything.”

Despite Bonnaroo’s cancellation, Bryan reports he will still be playing in Nashville on September 5.