Long-running US festival Bonnaroo is the latest music-related event to be affected by the spread of coronavirus.
The festival, which has been taking place at the Great Stage Park on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee since its inception in 2002, has been postponed. Originally due to take place from 12 to 14 June, Bonnaroo has been rescheduled to 24 to 27 September. According to a statement on the event website, organisers said the decision was made “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 honoured for the new weekend. Fans with off-site accommodations and shuttles purchased through the festival will be contacted directly with updates.”
— Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) March 18, 2020
COVID-19 has already forced SXSW, Coachella, Stagecoach, Download Festival Australia, and most recently, Glastonbury, to either be cancelled or postponed. Furthermore, bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Pearl Jam have had to make changes to their tour plans for 2020.
However, in response to the outbreak, many artists have taken the opportunity to hold virtual events in place of live gigs. Neil Young has jumped on this wagon, announcing a series of ‘Fireside Sessions’ played from the comfort of his home.
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