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Bonnaroo Canceled—But Not Because of Why You'd Think

Ida's heavy rains in Tennessee make festival grounds unsafe

(Newser) - Heavy rains from Hurricane Ida have forced Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee to cancel as organizers say the waterlogged festival grounds are unsafe for driving or camping. The annual festival was scheduled to start Thursday on the site of a former farm in Manchester, about an hour southeast...

Bonnaroo Is On, but With an Asterisk

Attendees must show proof they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative

(Newser) - Want to attend the Bonnaroo music festival? You'll have to flash your COVID-19 vaccination card, or proof of a negative COVID test. Organizers of the Tennessee festival, scheduled for Sept. 2-5 this year after being canceled last year, made the announcement Tuesday. In a series of tweets , they said...

Mayor of Bonnaroo City Dies of COVID-19

Lonnie Norman died after 'valiant fight' against virus

(Newser) - The mayor of the Tennessee city that hosts the Bonnaroo Music Festival has died after a "valiant fight" against the coronavirus, officials say. In a Facebook post , the city of Manchester announced "with a deep sense of sadness and loss" that Mayor Lonnie Norman died Monday morning. He...

A Death Again Mars Bonnaroo
A Death Again Mars Bonnaroo 

A Death Again Mars Bonnaroo

27-year-old found unresponsive in campground, apparently had pre-existing condition

(Newser) - A 27-year-old man died Saturday at Bonnaroo, dealing the music festival its second concertgoer death in as many years, reports the Tennessean . The man was found unresponsive at a campsite where he was camping with his father; festival officials say its EMT team was on the scene within minutes and...

Bonnaroo Festival: Man Found Dead

This is the 13th death in the festival's 17-year history

(Newser) - A person has died while attending the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, reports the AP . Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves confirmed a body was found Friday morning at a festival campground. The sheriff's office has identified the man as 32-year-old Michael Donivan Craddock, of Mount Juliet, Tenn....

Man Arrested for 'Doing God's Work' at Music Festival

David Brady was allegedly selling fake drugs to concertgoers at Bonnaroo

(Newser) - Police say a 45-year-old man arrested Wednesday believed he was "doing God's work" by selling fake drugs to concertgoers at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, WVLT reports. David Brady of New York was arrested Wednesday after police spotted him sitting under a tent at the...

2nd Bonnaroo Death Confirmed
 2nd Bonnaroo Death Confirmed 

2nd Bonnaroo Death Confirmed

Man, 24, died of hyperthermia

(Newser) - Bonnaroo has claimed a second victim: Christopher William Yoder, 24, died of hyperthermia early Sunday, the AP reports. Yoder had been airlifted from the music festival to a hospital, and officials are awaiting toxicology reports. "The safety of our patrons is our No. 1 concern, and we are deeply...

Autopsy Planned in Bonnaroo Death

32-year-old Pennsylvania woman found in her tent

(Newser) - Authorities don't know much more yet about the woman who died at the Bonnaroo music festival near Nashville this week. They have identified her as 32-year-old Beth Myers of Pittsburgh, according to the Tennessean . (Other services say she's from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.) Friends found her in her tent...

Woman Dies at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee
 Woman Dies at Bonnaroo 

Woman Dies at Bonnaroo

A 32-year-old found dead at her Bonnaroo campsite

(Newser) - A woman attending the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee has been found dead. Attendees camping at the event say that they found their friend dead at her campsite yesterday; Bonnaroo medical personal were on the scene within minutes and pronounced her dead at the scene; the sheriff's...

Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z Juice Bonnaroo

Show closes tonight with DMB

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder galvanized Bonnaroo last night with a sweaty, irresistible nighttime performance, an act that headliner Jay-Z followed with torrid, flawless bombast, writes the AP. The two took the Bonnaroo main stage in succession, pumping the festival crowd—some 75,000 in total—full of energy. The day's acts also...

Phish Comes Back Strong at Bonnaroo

(Newser) - Phish, the Beastie Boys, Animal Collective, and Public Enemy highlighted a gorgeous day for Bonnaroo yesterday, write Troy Carpenter and Jeff Vrable in Billboard, after a sadly sodden opening on Thursday. In the first of their two days as festival headliners, Phish announced their comeback after a 5-year hiatus with...

Concert Sales Slump as Gas Prices Climb

Pump prices on top of tickets breaking the bank

(Newser) - Soaring gas prices are turning down the volume on ticket sales for this year’s summer tours, Rolling Stone reports. Major festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella didn’t sell out—a rare occurrence—while top acts like George Michael, Maroon 5, and Stevie Wonder are facing difficulty finding fans. That...

Pearl Jam Mixes Dylan, Politics at Bonnaroo

'This has to be the time,' Vedder tells thousands

(Newser) - Pearl Jam stormed Bonnaroo's massive stage last night for a 3-hour live show that mixed B-sides and Bob Dylan covers with a heapin' helping of politics, reports Rolling Stone. The performance in front of tens of thousands was rare for grunge's supergroup, reports the AP, which has largely avoided such...

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