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CMA Fest Canceled; Dates for 2021 Event Announced

Keith Urban
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Keith Urban performs onstage during day 3 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2019 in Nashville.

CMA Fest, the annual gathering of country artists and their fans that takes over Nashville in June, has been canceled for 2020 over concerns about COVID-19.

This year’s edition, slated for June 4-7, will not happen and the festival will return June 10-13, 2021, according to the Country Music Association, which puts on the massive event. The annual festival takes over around a dozen venues in town, including Nissan Stadium, an features more than 200 acts. This year’s headliners had not been announced.

In a statement, the CMA canceled the event today (March 31) after consulting with national, state and local authorities.

“Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for Country Music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision,” the statement continues. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community."

Read the statement below in full:

After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020.

Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for Country Music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision. As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community.

We will honor four-day passes purchased for this year’s event for CMA Fest 2021. However, if you prefer a full refund, we will provide one upon request if your passes were purchased through Ticketmaster or the CMA Fest Box Office. Those who purchased passes through non-official channels should contact the seller directly. Within the next 24-48 hours, all four-day pass purchasers will receive an email with further instructions.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience, as our actions are always in the best interest of our Country Music community. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to bring Country fans and artists together to celebrate the unique spirit and sense of unity that is at the heart of what CMA Fest stands for. We will also share information about future CMA events and ways to support those within our community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe, and we hope you will join us for CMA Fest next year, June 10-13, 2021.

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