CMA Fest 2020 canceled

The annual festival was to take place in June in Nashville

CMA Fest 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers shared the news on Tuesday (Mar 31st), citing it’s the first time in the event’s 48 year history that it hasn’t occurred.

“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,” the statement says.

It continues, “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.”

CMA Fest joins the growing list of canceled or postponed festivals due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. The Epicenter, Sonic Temple, Welcome to Rockville, SXSW and Ultra Music spring festivals have been canceled with Coachella, Stagecoach, Tortuga, iHeartCountry and C2C: Country 2 Country Festivals among the postponed events.

More than 820k cases of the coronavirus have appeared throughout the world. The United States now leads with 163,539 cases and 2860 deaths, the CDC says.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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