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Bonnaroo festival breaks ground on permanent bathrooms

By Daniel Uria   |   Jan. 14, 2016 at 3:07 PM
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MANCHESTER , Tenn., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo has announced that it will install permanent toilets and showers on its grounds.

A statement on Bonnaroo's website announced that a permanent water line has been installed on "The Farm" at Great Stage Park in Manchester.

"New flushable toilets permanent showers and multiple new filling stations for delicious, refreshing water are all coming our way," the statement read. "These sweet new amenities will start popping up this June and you'll continue to see more exciting improvements in the years to come."

The festival also posted blueprints of the potential restroom facilities, which could open in time for the for the 2016 festival that takes place on June 9-12.

The Tennesseean reported that the festival will install more than 400 toilets and showers in what Bonnaroo co-founder Rick Farman calls "phase 1" of the longterm plan to improve the festival.

"We want Bonnaroo to be the most inclusive it can be," he said. "And this is one of those things that we think helps send the right message about that."

The new development comes as part of Bonnaroo's partnership with Live Nation which could see multiple events hosted at Great Stage Park in the future.

"The game plan is not for this to be a one-event facility," Farman said. "In the past, we haven't had the right dynamic to do that in the way that we would have liked, but now with Live Nation as our partner, and the resources they have, the potential is really unlimited."

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