The CMA Competition, the world’s largest nation music gathering, has been canceled for 2020, moderately than making an attempt to push the mass gathering set for June in Nashville to a later date within the yr.
For passholders, the competition is providing a selection of refunds or credit towards the 2021 CMA Fest.
It was to taken place June 4-7, with free out of doors concert events every day all through downtown Nashville capped by sold-out nightly reveals at Nissan Stadium. The competition would have celebrated its 49th yr this yr.
“After cautious deliberation, and in following the newest steering from nationwide, state and native authorities, we’re unhappy to announce that CMA Fest won’t happen in 2020,” an announcement from the Nation Music Affiliation learn. “Whether or not you deliberate to attend CMA Fest for the primary time, or you have got attended many instances all through the final 48 years, we all know how particular this competition is for nation music followers across the globe and that many shall be disillusioned by this choice. Because the world continues to be tremendously affected by the unfold of COVID-19, we can not in good conscience danger the well being and wellbeing of our followers, artists, employees and Nation Music neighborhood.”
Headliners had not but been introduced. The stadium reveals are filmed annually and edited down right into a prime-time community particular that usually airs in September. The CMA Competition is an outgrowth of the extra humble Fan Honest that started in 1972 and ultimately grew to become the foremost mecca for world followers of nation music annually.
The competition usually takes place on both the identical weekend as or an adjoining weekend to Bonnaroo, downstate in Tennessee, which leads to an enormous inflow of holiday makers to the state at roughly the identical time in June. Two weeks in the past, Bonnaroo, scheduled for June 11-14, introduced it was suspending its gathering to Sept. 24-27, though whether or not music festivals shall be resuming by then stays an open query as the present pandemic continues to worsen.
The CMA’s assertion stated, “We’ll honor four-day passes bought for this yr’s occasion for CMA Fest 2021. Nonetheless, in case you choose a full refund, we are going to present one upon request in case your passes had been bought by Ticketmaster or the CMA Fest Field Workplace. Those that bought passes by non-official channels ought to contact the vendor straight. Throughout the subsequent 24-48 hours, all four-day cross purchasers will obtain an electronic mail with additional directions.
“We tremendously admire your understanding and endurance, as our actions are all the time in the perfect curiosity of our nation music neighborhood. Within the coming weeks and months, we are going to proceed to carry nation followers and artists collectively to rejoice the distinctive spirit and sense of unity that’s on the coronary heart of what CMA Fest stands for. We may also share details about future CMA occasions and methods to help these inside our neighborhood affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The announcement concluded by asserting the dates for 2021 — June 10-13 — and requested followers to “please maintain your self and your family members wholesome and secure.”
Nashville tourism has been hit onerous, as has each metropolis’s, by the coronavirus pandemic. The Grand Ole Opry, as an alternative of providing a number of reveals a weekend, is now retaining its conventional Saturday evening broadcast however with out an viewers and with a handful of acoustic performers and crew.