Dierks Bentley’s Colorado Music Festival Canceled Due To Capacity Restrictions

by Samantha Whidden

Dierks Bentley’s 2021 Seven Peaks Music Festival in Colorado has officially been canceled due to current capacity restrictions. The event was previously set to take place from September 3rd to the 5th. 

Dierks Bentley took to his Instagram account to announce the unfortunate news. “I am so sorry to announce that we are going to have to cancel [Seven Peaks Music Festival] this year. I really could not be more bummed out about it.” 

Bentley then states that he and his band tried everything to make it happen. But Chaffee County, where the event would take place, has decided against lifting capacity restrictions for the time being. “It cannot be overstated how much time, thought, effort, and energy has gone into gearing up for the festival this year,” Bentley explains. He then thanks his team for the work, as well as the artists for the trust and all his band’s fans who were looking forward to the event all year long. 

“Really appreciate you guys having in there with us through the ups and downs of COVID,” Dierks adds. “Together we built something very special and it’s going to be a big celebration when our [festival] family is together again. We will be back.”

Dierks also notes that all 2021 passes purchased on the Seven Peaks Music Festival website will automatically be fully refunded within 30 days back to the original form of payment. 

According to Billboard, the current Chaffee County Public Health Order limits outdoor events to 2,000 people. Seven Peaks regularly hosts 5,000 fans. The county’s board of health usually re-evaluates the capacity limitations on a monthly basis. 

Dierk Bentley Discusses Restrictions For Seven Peaks Music Festival 

Dierks Bentley recently discussed his concerns with Billboard about the Seven Peaks Music Festival and capacity restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything [according] to the county and state, and definitely play by the rules,” Dierks states during the interview. He notes if everyone trusts the science, there’s just not that much of a chance for an outdoor spread.

Dierks Bentley then states that his band and crew are to be vaccinated. “I did pay everybody during the pandemic, full salary,” Dierks reveals. “If you want to work for us, you’ve got to be vaccinated. That’s just the way it is.” 

Dierks did admit that he lost one employee due to his mandatory vaccination requirements. “I hate it for them and I hate it for us, but we want to get back out there as safely as possible. We’re mingling with people backstage and with stagehands, and none of us want to be responsible for passing something along to somebody else.”