Rona was a Party-Pooper. Ida Was an Absolute Showstopper.

Over the course of the past year and a half, the music scene has shown remarkable resilience, building back after the cancellation of nearly everything. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival cancelled in 2020 and then scheduled, postponed, and rescheduled when it seemed doable to hold the massive event. The festival held in Franklin, Tennessee, had been able to wiggle past Rona.

Rona was one thing. Ida was another thing altogether. She was a real wet blanket. She certainly put a damper on things.

The wonderful people who throw the Bonnaroo party first cautioned that they would have to limit camping for the event beginning this Thursday, September 2, because the place was a quagmire. It rapidly progressed to the point that there was no option but to cancel the highly-anticipated return of the beloved festival: standing water all around Centeroo and beyond made movement of equipment and vehicles simultaneously impossible and dangerous.

We thank them sincerely for making the best decision possible given the worst conditions imaginable. And we thank the legion of fans who, while disappointed, understand that there was no viable option (well, maybe a cruise ship in the middle of Tennessee).

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