A smaller Bonnaroo in 2022? Fest shrinks tenting space, removes one in all two essential entrances


The return of Bonnaroo is less than a week away and it seems that contestants can look forward to a roomier ‘Roo’.

Organizers of the four-day music and camping festival in Manchester, Tennessee, released this year’s festival map on Thursday. Most of its stages and attractions are still in their familiar locations, but the campground area is significantly smaller than usual.

There has traditionally been a large portion of campgrounds on the north-east corner of the site, before reaching the east tollbooth. This area is completely missing from this year’s map – but you can see where it would normally be on the legend below, right.

Also, some lots in the northernmost part of the map have been eliminated.

Obviously, this is not the best sign for Bonnaroo’s 2022 ticket sales. The festival has routinely sold out quickly in recent years – including the canceled 2020 and 2021 editions – but tickets are still available this year.

On the other hand, it could mean a particularly pleasant experience for those who show up. As sales hit record lows in 2016, attendees raved about better seats to perform, faster queues and shorter trips back to camp.

But then again (that’s a three-hand scenario, okay?), it looks like some attendees will have to make a longer trek to and from the concert area (known as “Centeroo”).

Along with the map, Bonnaroo confirmed on Thursday that there will be only one entrance from the campsites to the stages, rather than the traditional two.

Fans are less than thrilled and promptly voiced their grievances to Bonnaroo’s Twitter account.

Many argued that this means a significantly longer walk for those on the west side of the campground. This includes the group camping area, which traditionally had the advantage of being right next to the now closed entrance.

On the plus side, Bonnaroo is introducing a brand new shuttle service this year: the JamTrak will transport guests to and from all corners of the campground, including the secluded “Centeroo” entrance.

Music fans walk past artwork and graffiti at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival campsite in Manchester, Tennessee on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Bonnaroo takes place June 16-19 at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee with headliners Stevie Nicks, Tool and J. Cole.