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CMA Fest 2021 Canceled For Second Year In A Row

It’s a sad day to be a country music lover….

Luke Bryan hosts the 2020 CMA Best of Fest TV Special on ABC. (Courtesy of CMA)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee has been canceled for the second year in a row.

The Country Music Association released a statement on Tuesday, March 3 announcing their decision to cancel the June music festival. CMA Fest is one of the oldest country music festivals in history, which started back in 1972. Making the decision to scratch the big event once again, extra groundbreaking to country music fanatics.

“While we are optimistic with the pace at which COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our many artist, crew members, and fans together safely for the full CMA Fest experience we know everyone has come to expect,” says the CMA CEO Sarah Trahern in a statement.

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As many upcoming festivals are keeping a close eye on vaccine rates and planning their large-scale and multi-day event for late summer 2021 – this strategy would not work for the Country Music Association, as the fest takes place in early June and the celebration is held across several parts of the metropolitan area. However, the organization made it clear in the recent statement that the preparation for 2022 CMA Fest is in full-swing.

“We have already started planning what will be the most EPIC celebration of Country Music next summer. Mark your calendars for CMA Fest June 9-12, 2022,” CMA adds.

In the meantime, the association is working with individuals who already purchased four-day passes from the CMA Fest Box Office and on Ticketmaster in 2020.

“If you purchased four-day passes for CMA Fest 2020 and chose the rollover option, we will continue to honor your passes for CMA Fest 2022,” according to the statement. “Those who purchased passes through Ticketmaster or the CMA Fest Box Office will receive an email in the next 24-48 hours with further information about returning your passes or requesting a full refund.”

Cassadee Pope meeting fans at the Chevy Riverfront Stage on Thursday, June 6 during the 2019 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. (Courtesy of CMA)

They advise concert-goers to check out if they have any additional questions or concerns regarding their ticket orders and to be on the lookout for CMA Fest 2022 updates, including the on-scale date for limited four-day passes, as well as artists announcements.

Don’t forget to follow The Country Music Association on social media. Will you be attending CMA Fest 2022? Let us know below or tweet us at @CS_Country.

Relive some of our favorite moments from CMA Fest here.

Written by Tiffany Goldstein

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