Bonnaroo broke thousands of hearts in a simple tweet the other day announcing the cancellation of its 2021 festivities. Heavy rains and flooded grounds forced the festival to make the difficult call for everyone’s safety. Still, their statement urged fans to keep the spirit of Bonnaroo alive saying: “Please find ways to safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time.” They also promised fans refunds, but the window for expected refunds increased from an initial 7-10 days to a total of 30.
Seemingly ignoring all the backlash that came with the wishy-washy refund situation, Bonnaroo took to Twitter to issue another statement today. In a two-part tweet, they addressed fans and crew members offering their gratitude. They also shared a slew of photos from the unnavigable grounds. Between puddles that border the size of shallow lakes and mud… so much mud… the cancellation looks justified, for any fans that were skeptical. Still, a day of puddle jumping in goulashes or an epic free-for-all mud volleyball game could have been fun. There’s no telling what next year will look like for the festival.
Here’s the first part of the two tweet statement:
To the entire Bonnaroo crew, we cannot thank you enough for overcoming the mountain of adversity you faced and the herculean effort it took to get the show as close as it could to be ready to play. While it was impossible to have a show this year after the storm, without you… pic.twitter.com/uLRJcfJzzc— Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) September 1, 2021
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While fans seemed to appreciate Bonnaroo’s most recent statement, a lot of them say they were expecting more. The festival draws in crowds from all over the world and some people now find themselves “stranded” in Tennessee with foiled plans. Hearing about this, Middle Tennessee Athletics came up with a bid to make things right. They are promising all 2021 Bonnaroo ticketholders free tickets to Saturday’s Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Football game. Ticketholders need only show proof of their previously purchased Bonnaroo pass at the box office in exchange for a reserved seat. The Director of Athletics, Chris Massaro issued a statement on MT‘s official site.
“Our athletic department hurts for our friends in the Middle Tennessee community because of this setback. MTSU has a long history of the university and its alumni supporting Bonnaroo every year, both as guests and in its operation, and we hope that this offer to come to our campus and enjoy some Blue Raider football this Saturday can help those affected make the best out of an unfortunate circumstance.”
You can also check out the official MT Athletics tweet announcing the cool ticket perk here: