Bonnaroo officials have confirmed that the festival’s iconic arch was burned intentionally and dismantled due to “significant structural issues.”
“The structure had aged beyond repair and was no longer safe to remain in place,” festival officials shared in a statement to The Tennessean. “Its replacement will be revealed in a few short weeks as we welcome everyone back to The Farm for the 18th annual festival.”
As music fans prepare to descend on Bonnaroo in the coming weeks, social media reports emerged overnight Monday that the music festival’s signature arch was burned.
The arch burning comes less than a month before the 2019 iteration of the festival, which takes place at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, opens its doors for attendees.
The burning was first reported by social media outlets such as The Festive Owl. The page posted a photo of something burning on the farm and later reported that it was the beloved arch.
Many on Twitter and Facebook mourned the loss of the famous arch, sharing their photos of it throughout the years.
Others bid the structure farewell, while also acknowledging the need for a new one.
The Tennessean reached out to Bonnaroo officials regarding the arch burning but have not yet heard back.
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