The Arch (2011), Photo by Dean Budnick
Bonnaroo’s iconic arch—which has welcomed festival goers to the mega-festival for over a decade—has been intentionally burned down by festival organizers to make room for a new version.
“This incarnation of the Bonnaroo Arch had significant structural issues and needed to be removed,” officials wrote via Twitter. “The Arch has changed throughout the years, and we’re exited for it’s newest incarnation.”
Locals spotted a fire burning on the Bonnaroo grounds on Monday, May 20, but officials were quick to dispel any rumors of accident or arson within 24 hours.
Bonnaroo is set to take place between June 13-16, with headliners like Phish, Childish Gambino, The Lumineers and more.
Below, check out photos of the arch’s wreckage via The Festive Owl and a retrospective collage of past Arch designs from Bonnaroo:
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Goodbye old friend! ❤️ This incarnation of the Bonnaroo Arch had some significant structural issues and needed to be removed. The arch has evolved and changed throughout the years, but one thing that will never change is the welcoming feeling when you arrive on The Farm✌️. We're excited to share its newest incarnation for 2019, so stay tuned! and share your favorite arch pic to celebrate our old friend. #RadiatePositivity #Bonnaroo (📷 @j_kelty on Insta)