For the second year in a row, the Country Music Association has canceled CMA Fest, its annual June four-day event, due to the ongoing pandemic. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement issued Tuesday, March 2: “After thoughtful deliberation, we are saddened to share that CMA Fest will not take place in 2021. We know our fans near and far have hoped that the festival could safely return this summer, and while we are encouraged to see COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our fans around the world the CMA Fest experience they have come to expect. But rest assured, 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 Fest utilizes Nashville venues such as the Ascend Amphitheater, Nissan Stadium and Music City Center. Trahern said the decision was made to cancel instead of postpone to later this year because of logistics. The 2019 CMA Fest drew attendees from all 50 states and 37 other countries. The event had not announced its 2021 lineup, but tickets from the canceled 2020 fest had been rolled-over to this year. Fans who are holding on to their tickets can again roll them over to 2022 or request a full refund.
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