Bonnaroo Music Festival Cancelled Due to Flooding From Ida


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The 2021 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has been canceled by organizers after heavy rains from Hurricane Ida saturated the grounds in Manchester, Tennessee. ... The festival, which was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, was scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Atlanta Journal ConstitutionBonnaroo canceled due to severe weather

Updated 6:32 PM ET, Tue August 31, 2021

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Bonnaroo 2021 canceled due to flooding from Ida's remnants

WBIR Channel 10 01 September, 2021 - 08:20am

Hurricane Ida rains swamp Bonnaroo campgrounds: Festival handles weather as refunds issued

Tennessean 01 September, 2021 - 08:20am

"Due to the expectation of significant rain on The Farm from Hurricane Ida, and the knowledge that areas of our campgrounds will be rendered unusable, Mother Nature has forced us to reduce our camping capacity," event officials said on the website. 

The festival is offering full refunds "across all ticket and accommodation types" until 8 p.m. CT Tuesday. 

Rain already postponed Bonnaroo's campground opening from Tuesday to Wednesday.

The Manchester, Tennessee, festival that normally draws music lovers from across the country has been headlining among festival-goers first for COVID-19 related cancelations, then safety precautions, and now, for severe weather concerns. 

Some who are already on the campgrounds posted on social media about the conditions.

they seem to be trying to make some trenches to get the water moving away @Bonnaroo

Mud, puddles and standing water cover much of the campgrounds surrounding 'Centeroo' or the main-event area.

we’re a lil’ wet out here…. @Bonnaroo

The campgrounds issue could have a significant impact on Bonnaroo's attendance, considering the vast majority of festival-goers camp on site throughout the weekend.

this is back 60 for staff & volunteers, my feet are submerged and the rain isnt supposed to stop til tomorrow morning 😅 ill update conditions throughout the day! @Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo is set to take place Thursday through Sunday at Great Stage Park in Manchester.

Middle Tennessee is under a flash flood watch through 1 a.m. Wednesday. Between 2 and 5 inches of rain are expected as the remains of Ida, now downgraded to a tropical depression, pass through the region. 

Bonnaroo 2021 canceled after days of rain

WRCB-TV 01 September, 2021 - 08:20am

Bonnaroo's website explained their sadness at the news:

Bonnaroo 2021 is canceled because of 'waterlogged' festival grounds

Tennessean 01 September, 2021 - 08:20am

Rain moved in late Monday and continued throughout Tuesday, causing saturated tollbooth paths and flooded campgrounds "to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely," according to a statement from Bonnaroo. 

"We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo," the festival said Tuesday via Twitter. "While this weekend’s weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas."

Sam Herron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville, said Tuesday that just under three inches of rain had fallen around the Manchester area.

This is the second consecutive Bonnaroo to be canceled. 2020’s fest was pushed back three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, then ultimately canceled. When Bonnaroo unveiled plans for a return in 2021, it was for September — marking the first time the festival has ever been scheduled outside of June. 

Tickets to 2021 Bonnaroo sold out three weeks after on-sale; headliners for the now-axed event included Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion and Tyler, The Creator. 

Bonnaroo's post says all tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets (i.e. directly through the festival) will be refunded "in as little as 30 days to the original method of payment."

As the majority of its audience comes to Bonnaroo from outside of Tennessee (and 55% from beyond the southeast, according to a 2018 poll), Tuesday's announcement wasn't enough notice for some. 

2021 ticket-holder Josh Petefish got word after driving eight hours with a traveling party of seven people that organizers cancelled Bonnaroo. He planned to join a camping group of 16, including travelers from New York, Minnesota and Colorado, – on The Farm.

Petefish plans to regroup Tuesday night in Nashville, he said. He initially bought tickets for this weekend’s event in 2019.

He added, “Since we have all this camping gear we’ll find somewhere near here [to camp]. Any recommendations?” 

The cancellation even came as a surprise to those who'd been working on the grounds ahead of the festival — like Jenna Gallegos of Wichita, Kan.

2021 is her fourth year working at Bonnaroo as a volunteer. Her compensation? Free meals and admission to the (now-canceled) festival. 

"Everybody's really heartbroken," she said. "Honestly, it came very abruptly. My crew, we were literally working, and then Bonnaroo tweeted out that they canceled and didn't really tell anybody other than that. So we're very shocked. I mean, I feel like people are trying to stay in high spirits just because they're already here."

Disappointment and sympathy was expressed by performers like Jason Isbell, who was set to return to the festival this weekend. 

"I’m sorry y’all had to make this choice but I believe it was the right one," he wrote on Twitter. "I was really REALLY looking forward to it, but ya gotta be safe and smart. Love to everybody on the crew with a broken heart today."

"Was really looking forward to my first Roo performance but this hurricane is no joke," tweeted Nashville rapper Daisha McBride. "Sending love to everyone in its path."

"Please find ways to safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time. WE WILL SEE YOU ON THE FARM IN JUNE 2022!"

Bonnaroo forced to cancel because of flooding

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Influencer Miss Mercedes Morr killed in murder-suicide, police say

NewsChannel 5 31 August, 2021 - 01:26pm

Miss Mercedes Morr, a model, and social media influencer, was found dead in her Texas apartment on Sunday. Police believe the 33-year-old was the victim of a murder-suicide, Revolt reports.

According to reports, cops were sent to the influencer’s Richmond apartment to conduct a welfare check when they discovered the bodies of Morr, born Janae Gagnier, and 34-year-old Kevin Alexander Accorto.

According to The Fort Bend County Medical Examiner, Gagnier’s cause of death was strangulation. Accorto, who police believe killed Gagnier, was found dead inside the apartment from “multiple sharp force trauma.” Officials said his cause of death has been ruled a suicide.

Police say there are no signs of forced entry in Gagnier’s unit. They also do not believe Gagnier and Accorto had a prior relationship.

Gagnier’s sister, London, shared the heartbreaking news of Gagnier’s death to her Instagram account.

“Yesterday was the worst day of my life. My heart is gone. My soul is gone. Me and mom talked to you on Thursday to check on you and per usual, you were having an amazing time. We talk every day. I’m so happy we said we loved you. I’m so happy I got to see your face one last time. Jenae I’m f—-n sorry. I hate this for you,” she wrote.

London also noted that she believes she knows who the suspected killer is, shooting down speculation that Gagnier was a victim of a robbery attempt.

“F— ALL THESE PUNK A– ALLEGATIONS that these blogs are posting & the comments,” she continued in the caption of a photo of her and Morr on a beach. “N—– don’t know s—. She wasn’t robbed. It was just a stalker from outta state who’d BEEN stalking her.”

An investigation into what led to the alleged murder-suicide is ongoing. Social media users are expressing their condolences. At the time of her death, Gagnier amassed over two million Instagram followers.

Per several Instagram photos, Gagnier had partnerships with brands, including Fashion Nova, to promote their clothing brand. Her last partnership post with the well-known fashion site was on August 17. Gagnier was also a creator on OnlyFans and last posted on the site on August 24.

Rapper Shad Moss, known as Bow Wow, commented on Gagnier’s latest Instagram post, writing, “Stop playing we just spoke on thurs dont do me like this yo! Naaa.”

Brittany Bangaz, another rapper, also commented, writing, “Please tell me this is not real. Mercedez I’m so sorry. You did not deserve this at all. You had your whole life ahead of you. I remember all our times we had and you have always been the sweetest woman in the world. God bless you and your family. I’m sorry Mercedez rest in heaven.”

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