Bonnaroo just canceled its weekend-long music festival 2 days before it was supposed to begin due to extreme flooding — and people are furious

Bonnaroo just canceled its weekend-long music festival 2 days before it was supposed to begin due to extreme flooding — and people are furious

  • Bonnaroo, a popular four-day music festival in Tennessee, has been canceled due to extreme weather.
  • The event was canceled because of flooded campgrounds. Last year, it was canceled due to COVID-19.
  • Some fans are upset since they had started driving, buying supplies, and making other preparations.

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Bonnaroo has been canceled again this year, and a lot of fans are upset. 

The popular four-day music festival in Manchester, Tennessee, announced that it would have to be called off again on Tuesday, two days before it was slated to begin.

“We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo,” reads a message on Bonnaroo’s Twitter account. “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 message goes on to say Bonnaroo will welcome festival-goers again in June 2022. 

“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 post continues. “Please find ways to safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time.”

Bonnaroo says guests who purchased tickets through the platform Front Gate Tickets will get a refund to their original payment method in 30 days or more.

But a lot of people who planned to attend aren’t happy, and they took to the comments to air their grievances.

“Y’all gonna refund me for literally all the shit I bought for this weekend? Or my PTO from work? Or even the extra supplies I bought to be prepared for the weather?” one Twitter user wrote.

“You can’t do this?! We just drove 18 hours over night for this!” another chimed in.

“Well I guess it’s time to turn my car around and drive back to Florida lmao,” a third user added. 

“Are you going to refund the gas, hotels, food, time off of work I didn’t need to take?” another person said. 

Other commenters came to Bonnaroo’s defense, pointing out that recent floods in Tennessee have been catastrophic, destroying homes and roads and leaving thousands of people without power.

“Get a grip people. They were holdin’ out hope that the festival would be able to happen but THEY DON’T CONTROL THE WEATHER AND CAN’T. It’s unfortunate but it is what it is and you can’t blame them for YOUR auxiliary purchases,” one user wrote. 

“Some of ya’ll need a reality check. Even if they set up days in advance if there is flooding its not safe to get in and out. Tennessee lately has been getting historical flooding so there is no easy way to determine if the farm will be safe until last minute,” another person commented.

“Before you get destroyed by everyone I respect the decision. Thank you for keeping our safety in mind,” another person put in.

This is the second year in a row that Bonnaroo has been canceled. Last year, the festival was canceled because of COVID-19.