While concerts and tours are halted around the world due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some festivals are courageously continuing despite this. Yet while some high-profile multi-day events like Lollapalooza have run successfully this summer, Bonnaroo won’t be so lucky as the extravagance has been canceled due to the weather.
The Manchester, Tennessee-based four-day festival was scheduled to take place from Thursday and run through this weekend, but organizers revealed that due to the ground flooded by the remnants of the hurricane Ida, they are forced to cancel this year’s edition. This is the second time in a row that Bonnaroo has had to shut it down since its launch in 2002, with most of the last year having been a washout for live music at all levels due to Covid-19.
“We are absolutely sorry to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo,” read a statement released on Tuesday. “Although the weather this weekend looks exceptional, Centeroo is currently inundated in many areas, the ground is incredibly saturated on our toll roads and the campgrounds are flooded to the point that we cannot drive or park. vehicles safely. “
As of Monday, organizers were hopeful that they would still be able to move forward, but that didn’t look good, with the festival’s official Twitter account noting that the capacity of the camping area had to be reduced because some land was rendered “unusable”.
Typically, Bonnaroo takes place in mid-June, but has been pushed back to September this year in the hopes that the pandemic has subsided. Unfortunately, that put him right in the middle of hurricane season, which added another layer of risk.
“We have done everything in our power to try to move the show forward, but Mother Nature has given us a tremendous amount of rain over the past 24 hours, and we have no more options to try to. to ensure that the event takes place safely and in a manner that matches the Bonnaroo experience, ”added the organizers.
The 2021 headliners and big names included Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Run the Jewels, Phoebe Bridgers and Tyler, the creator. More than 80,000 people were expected, with a large contingent settling in the campgrounds for the weekend.
Most of the spectators, many of whom traveled long distances, understood the cancellation but were disappointed, with a vocal minority expressing their anger at the financial and time inconvenience they now faced. While thanking their crew in an official tweet, the organizers noted that “we wouldn’t even have had the opportunity”. All tickets purchased are expected to be refunded within 30 days and Bonnaroo’s return is still scheduled for June 2022.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye out for this place as every week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl records from a variety of artists. It could be a repress of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, it’s a soundtrack paired with recently restored footage of a group of reggae icons.
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS: ‘THE CAPITOLIC SESSION’ 73 ‘
The scene is Hollywood. October 1973. International reggae pioneers Bob Marley and the Wailers were filmed in a closed-door session at Capitol Records Tower on October 24 by famed producer Denny Cordell, who received Marley’s blessing to capture the group by recording 12 songs. Shot with four cameras and mixed “on the fly” to a colorized tape, this footage has been painstakingly restored, resulting in an incredible presentation of this unprecedented live session.
Fifty years after the recording of this concert, ‘Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session’ 73 ‘is available on DVD and CD, standalone compact disc, all digital formats and, of course, vinyl. The 2LP set is offered in a few different colors in addition to the standard black; it is pressed onto green marbled vinyl and Rasta swirl vinyl, which is red, yellow and green, the latter available exclusively from Sound of Vinyl.
This session at Capitol Studios represented a unique moment in the group’s career. Filmed 10 years after their formation, Bob Marley and the Wailers already had several established hits through the ska and rocksteady eras. Gaining recognition in the United States, including a few shows with Bruce Springsteen at Max’s Kansas City in New York, they then toured with Sly and the Family Stone, before being bluntly banned from touring. This led the group, at the time consisting of Marley, Peter Tosh, Joe Higgs, Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett and Earl “Wya” Lindo, to travel to Hollywood to do this session.
Images from this session were considered lost until an independent researcher discovered a few images. For more than 20 years, archives and storage units from New York and London to San Diego were searched and searched to recover fragments of the film, until it was fully unearthed, restored and remastered.
Becoming a politically and socially charged unit after being inspired by the American civil rights movement, various African liberation efforts and Rastafarians, which the group studied from former Rastafarians, the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers reflected l soul and the struggles of the time. . Making poignant statements about life, freedom and social justice, feelings are imbued in the songs, which are beautifully brought to life via “The Capitol Session ’73”.
The Black Vinyl Standard Edition and Green Marbled Edition of ‘The Capitol Session’ 73 ‘can be found online and at any respectable retailer store that sells vinyl.
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