Country music festival CMA Fest has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Country Music Association made the announcement yesterday, canceling the June event. It is one of the oldest country music festivals, getting its start in 1972.
“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 artists, crew members, and fans together safely for the full CMA Fest experience we know everyone has come to expect,” says CMA CEO Sarah Trahern in her statement announcing the cancellation.
“Unlike many other music festivals that take place from a single location, CMA Fest has a rather large footprint that spans across the entire downtown Nashville area, including Nissan Stadium, Ascend Amphitheater, and Music City Center,” the statement says.
“We know that you may be wondering why we cannot reschedule our event to take place later in 2; however, to produce CMA Fest at the scale we normally do requires a significant amount of advance planning and production. Given the length of our production window, it is simply impossible to find an available window later this summer or into the fall.”
Since the festival takes place across several venues in Nashville, it can’t be rescheduled. Venues would also face capacity restrictions that would limit attendance, ultimately making the festival untenable. International travelers and out-of-state visitors would also face many travel restrictions.
Anyone who retained their 2020 passes can keep holding them or opt for a refund at CMAFest.com.
All four-day pass purchasers are eligible for a refund for the tickets and their parking pass. Refunds through Ticketmaster can take anywhere between 30 and 45 days to process. Refunds through the CMA Fest Box Office can take up to 10 business days.
CMA Fest will be held Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, June 12 next year in 2022. CMA Fest 2022 will be the 49th installment of the festival. Passes for CMA Fest 2022 are not yet available. The CMA recommends following official channels on social media to be alerted when they become available.
It’s not surprising to see yet another big festival being cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fauci warned at the beginning of 2021 that around 75% of the population would need to be vaccinated for live events to return. Taylor Swift outright cancelled all of her future tour dates with no postponements.