Bonnaroo cancels 2020 festival, offers refunds, ticket rollovers for 2021 iteration

Bonnaroo cancels 2020 festival, offers refunds, ticket rollovers for 2021 iterationBonnaroo Jeff Gentner

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2020 is officially canceled in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to an official announcement from festival organizers disseminated on June 25.

An excerpt from Bonnaroo’s official statement regarding the event’s cancellation reads,

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will not take place this September 24-27, 2020 as originally rescheduled. Our annual time together on the Farm is nothing short of magical, but out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff, partners and our community, this is a necessary reality.  More information on lineup, camping, and accommodations will be available at a later date. 

Ticket purchasers will have the option to either receive refunds or roll over their 2020 tickets to 2021. No details have been announced regarding Bonnaroo’s 2021 installment.

Bonnaroo is now the latest event to forego its 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, San Francisco’s Outside Lands, which, like Bonnaroo, is also produced in partnership with Superfly Presents, announced that there would be no 2020 festival. Instead, Outside Lands announced its 2021 lineup and began selling tickets for that event, as did Barcelona’s Primavera Sound.

Across the United States, ideas about how to move forward with large-scale events appear to vary. While California festivals like Coachella have been canceled, even after preemptive postponements, events like EDC Las Vegas and Lost Lands are ostensibly expected to continue. Ubbi Dubbi and Freaky Deaky have even announced the lineup for their upcoming collaborative Halloween 2020 event.

The only events fully expected to continue without impediment are drive-in raves and concerts, several of which are already popping up around the country, including Live Nation’s Live From The Drive-In. Through it all, it’s clear that the best course for fans’ eventual return ...

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