- CMA Fest, the annual, multi-day music festival in downtown Nashville will not take place in 2021.
- The CMA announced the news on Tuesday (March 2), citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the cancellation of the event for the second year in a row.
- The statement expressed that "thoughtful deliberation" went into the situation, while the latter notes that the organization is "deeply disappointed" to have to cancel the festival again.
- Country music fans are disappointed but we get it. The new dates are June 9-12, 2022.
- "We know that many of our performers and attendees will ask why we cannot reschedule our event to take place later in 2021; however, to produce CMA Fest at the scale we normally do requires a significant amount of advance planning and production," the note to members says.
- "Given the length of our production window, it was simply impossible to find an available window later this summer or into the fall."
- Not sure if this is a sign of more festivals being cancelled. Time will tell.
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