It’s been an unprecedented few weeks in Nashville, the world, and the music community. As we struggle still to recover and rebuild from the devastating tornado earlier this month, and as the spread of COVID-19 has all but ground daily life to a halt, displacing countless members of the work force, and all but bringing the live music industry to a standstill, we’re doing our best to try to navigate what the immediate few months will look like.
At a crucial time when all large gatherings should be strictly avoided, it’s been inevitable to see every early season and spring music festival already cancel or postpone, and as we get an ever-changing picture of how long our social distancing should last, and how far-reaching the effects will be, summer festivals are beginning to cancel and shift preemptively as well. Given the latest estimated timeframes, and the clearing out of May events, we suspected June would soon follow, and now we have definitive confirmation that this year’s Bonnaroo, scheduled for June 11-14 in Manchester, TN, has officially been moved to a new weekend in the fall: Sept. 24-27.
Not every festival has the opportunity or logistical feasibility to find a new date, and given this year’s exciting lineup (and the fact that it sold out quicker than any prior year in festival history), we’re incredibly happy to see ‘Roo still find a way to make things happen (even if it does not land in an ever-crowding fall timeframe, which currently overlaps with fellow local event Pilgrimage Festival). It’s unclear at this moment how the lineup will change (based on other festivals making similar moves, expect the bulk of the time line artists to perform, with some likely changes in the mid and smaller bill), but we’ll keep you updated as news develops.
Here’s a statement from the festival:
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will be rescheduled to take place September 24-27, 2020 out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff and our community.
All current tickets and onsite accommodations (camping, tent rentals, RV, etc.) will be honored for the new weekend. Fans with off-site accommodations and shuttles purchased through the festival will be contacted directly with updates.
Rest assured, we will share updates as quickly as possible via email, our website, and on our social accounts.
Please continue to radiate positivity through this uncharted time in our world. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you on The Farm this fall.
– ❤️ Bonnaroo
Tickets to this year’s Bonnaroo are currently sold out, but we’ll keep you posted if more are announced to open up in light of the change. We hope you’re all staying healthy and safe, and our hearts go out to the local music community in particular in this challenging time.