2021 CMA Fest in Nashville Canceled for Second Straight Year

by Madison Miller

Unfortunately, CMA Fest is now canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The news came today from the Country Music Association that the popular festival would not be taking place. Usually, the event happens in Nashville. However, this is the second year in a row CMA Fest will not happen.

CMA Fest Canceled

A CMA statement released said, “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!”

Many expected the news of the decision to cancel the festival. The entertainment business has remained mostly closed down for the last year. Live music has been largely extinct. With cases of the coronavirus continuing to be present in the U.S., live shows are not the greatest idea.

As of today, there are over 514,000 deaths and close to 29 million cases of the virus.

Tickets and Future

According to WKRN, those who already purchased tickets have several options. For those who chose the rollover option for the four-day passes, these tickets can be used in 2022. More information will come in future emails to ticket-owners.

Although this can be disappointing news, it is for the safety of everyone.

“Part of our job is to pick ourselves up and look toward the future and figure out the fastest and best recovery. We’re obligated to be a little more optimistic, but in this case, I truly am optimistic that when we get to June, we’ll start to see real recovery and get everyone back on their feet and that even comes with a little more time, but that will feel like Christmas Day,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation.

There are booking issues for the later part of 2021, which is why the fest is in 2022 hopefully. There is ongoing communication between CMA and the corporation that puts on the festival.