Matthew Leimkuehler, Tennessean, June 1, 2022
This year, CMA Fest joins a growing list of major country music events to ban attendees from displaying Confederate imagery.
The four-day Nashville festival – considered one of the largest country music gatherings in the world – lists “Confederate flag imagery of any kind” under prohibited items for the 2022 event, according to cmafest.com.
“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan-facing event in nearly three years. We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly outline what will and will not be tolerated,” said a statement from the Country Music Association provided Wednesday to the Tennessean.
An under-the-radar decision from the association, banning Confederate likeness at CMA Fest follows California-based Stagecoach Festival implementing similar measures across campsites and event grounds last April.
Last year, genre torchbearer Luke Combs apologized for his past use of the Confederate flag during a discussion at Nashville’s annual Country Radio Seminar.