Bonnaroo Officially Cancels 2020 Edition Due to Coronavirus Concerns

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Bonnaroo is the latest major music festival in North America to cancel their 2020 edition as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on.

The spread of COVID-19 has absolutely devastated the live entertainment industry this year. Tours came to a screeching halt, venues have been forced to close their doors permanently, and music festivals continue to postpone or cancel their editions as the number of those infected continues to grow. Now, after initially postponing their spring dates to the fall, Bonnaroo has announced that the festival will not take place in 2020.

The latest domino to fall among the festivals that had postponed their spring dates for ones later in the year, it provides further evidence that nothing major will be taking place in 2020. The official cancellation of Bonnaroo follows the news coming from another behemoth, Coachella, earlier this month, and much like that festival they’ll be offering attendees refunds or the ability to roll their passes over to the 2021 edition. Bonnaroo will now take place on June 17-20, 2021 to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

“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.”


They announced that the festival was cancelled on their social media channels and provided a link to their website which outlines the next steps that attendees need to take if they plan to request a refund. Those who want to get their money back will need to login to their Frontgate account and select the refund option before July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. Your refund will be processed in 30 days.

If you wish to rollover your 2020 ticket to Bonnaroo 2021, no action is required. No information has surfaced yet regarding the 2021 lineup or other changes that might happen to the festival.

Additionally, Bonnaroo has announced that a virtual edition of the festival is set to take place on September 24-27. If you choose to rollover your ticket(s) to 2021, you’ll receive access to the Bonnaroo virtual festival (Sept 24-27, 2020) for free (a $50 value). More information will be released in the coming months on this special event. 

Stay tuned for more information about other cancellations and postponements from around the world as we continue to follow the impact coronavirus has on the festival season this year.

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Grant has been listening to electronic dance music since the early 2000s. Actively involved in the EDM community, Grant is an admin for the EDC & Coachella subreddits and their Facebook groups. Previously he has been part of several EDM startups and promotion companies such as Shamele55, Electric State of Mind and Q-Dance. Originally listening to trance artists such as ATB, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, Grant has expanded his listening experience to include a full set of genres ranging from hardstyle to deep house and has been regularly attending both festivals and club events since 2010.

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