CMA Fest Canceled; Dates for 2021 Event Announced
Written by Cedric James Lucas on April 1, 2020
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 well-being of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community.”