Confederate flag banned from CMA Music Fest – Deadline

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Next week’s CMA Fest in Nashville will feature hundreds of country music’s hottest acts. One thing it won’t feature, however, is the Confederate flag.

In addition to drones, bicycles and drug paraphernalia, the festival’s list of prohibited items and activities now includes “Confederate flag imagery of any kind.” The event code of conduct further covers things like hate speech:

CMA is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive culture where everyone has access to the country music experience. Therefore, inappropriate behavior such as discrimination, harassment, any form of abuse and/or targeted comments that may cause anyone to fear for their safety at the Event will not be tolerated.

That includes “any display of the Confederate flag,” according to a statement the Country Music Association provided to the Tennessean this week.

Some country musicians have, over the decades, wrapped themselves – or their performance – in the Confederate flag. Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins and Luke Combs have all faced backlash for associating with the symbol. Adkins and Combs apologized.

This year’s ban comes as Combs is among the top acts on the bill. The same goes for Darius Rucker, who is black.

“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan event in nearly three years. We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and prohibit discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly describe what will and will not be tolerated. on in the CMA statement.

The CMA Fest runs from June 9-12 this year. For the festival program, see below. For new additions to the event, see below.

Lineup additions include Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion will take over the main stage at Nissan Stadium, while opening acts include Deana Carter, Sara Evans, Everette, Randy Houser, Angie K, Kylie Morgan and Shenandoah. Unfortunately, Alan Jackson will no longer be performing.

New this year, CMA Fest will host performances from the special platform stage in the center of Nissan Stadium, featuring Priscilla Block, Madeline Edwards, Kat + Alex, Maddie & Tae, Frank Ray, Lily Rose and Dylan Scott . Brittney Spencer greets the crowd at Nissan Stadium on Thursday night as she performs the national anthem.

Russell Dickerson kicks off the CMA Close Up Stage on Thursday as Artist of the Day at Fan Fair X.

Other artists who have been added to the CMA Fest lineup include Ryan Charles, Brooke Eden, Mae Estes and Ella Langley. Eden also kicks off the Chevy Riverfront Stage Thursday morning by performing the national anthem.

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