NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Heavy rains from Hurricane Ida forced the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee to cancel, with organizers saying the soggy festival grounds are unsafe for driving or camping.
The annual festival was scheduled to begin Thursday at the site of an old farmhouse in Manchester, about an hour southeast of Nashville.
On social media Tuesday, the festival said huge rainfall over the past 24 hours, the remnants of Ida’s powerful winds and rain, saturated trails and camping areas.
The festival had previously warned fans that camping capacity would be reduced due to the rain, but on Tuesday afternoon the festival said its central stage was also waterlogged.
Artists who were slated to make headlines include Tyler, the creator, deadmau5, Lizzo, My Morning Jacket, Foo Fighters and Megan Thee Stallion.
Festival attendance in 2019 was around 80,000 people, but last year’s event has been postponed to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Refunds were offered to fans.