Saturday, April 13, 2024

No Mask, No Vax Required: Bonnaroo Music Festival Will Welcome 90,000 People Over Labor Day Weekend


Um, is this a good idea?

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is happening over Labor Day weekend, September 2nd-5th. The capacity for the Bonnaroo Farm is 90,000 people.

There is absolutely no information on the Festival website about COVID, the Delta variant, or masks. Nothing.

There seems to be no restriction whatsoever. Just come as you are. Maybe leave on a respirator. Who knows?

The festival takes place located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, Tennessee, a state not known for its smarts, frankly. Hidden in the middle of the Bonnaroo website is this vague wording: “Bonnaroo organizers as always will be in regular communication with local health and public safety officials and will continue to abide by relevant recommendations.”

And get this: tickets are sold out. The only tickets available are through re-sellers. People are dying to go. Headliners for the festival– who will be kept apart from the madding crowd — include Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Lana del Rey, and Tyler the Creator.

But what the attendees don’t understand is, those artists are in, and out. They’re not hanging around for the weekend, or beyond their time on stage. My guess is Dave Grohl will sleep in his own bed after the show.

Feel like going to Tennessee? Below is the chart for current COVID numbers. It comes from the state’s website. Good luck!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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