Bonnaroo Cancelled for 2020: When DO We Return?

Back in late March or early April, we all had confidence that we would be able to return to our live music venues in the not-too-distant future. As April yielded to May and now June, we know that simply cannot happen. Today, this message came from the folks on The Farm:

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.

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Last week, we got a similar message from BIG Something:

Due to health and safety concerns, The BIG What? at Shakori Hills has been rescheduled for August 5-7, 2021. After lots of careful consideration we believe this is the best decision for everyone involved. We are very disappointed and sorry to let anyone down, but we thank you for your understanding and support.

Much LOVE until we see you again,
BIG Something & The BIG What? Team

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And these are just two of hundreds of festival, tour, and concert cancellations, including the beloved Jam Cruise next January. So what CAN we expect?

I was certain some weeks ago that, when music returned to local venues, I would be among the first to go cheer on the return. A musician friend, a real troubadour in Maryland, had the same thought about accepting normal gigs. But then we evaluated the current situation as it careens from bad to worse, and we both concluded: OH HELL NO!

As we see the sad photos and videos of overcrowded bars and beaches and parties, it’s time to continue to take that prudent step back to evaluate what will be best for ALL of us in the long run. There ARE venues and bands and even small fests that seem to be doing it in the safest way possible: 25% capacity, drive-in shows, live-streaming, and more. We hope to see more of that.

It just seems prudent at this point to sacrifice our desire to get back out to ride the rail, cram the bar, and party with abandon in favor of making sure that ALL of our musicians, friends, and fellow music fans will be safe — as safe as possible. However long it takes.

We don’t want to lose a single one of you. Much love from all of us at MusicFestnews.

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