Confederate Flag Banned From CMA Music Fest – Deadline

Next week’s CMA Fest in Nashville will function a whole bunch of the most well liked acts in Country Music. One factor it is not going to function, nonetheless, is the Confederate flag.

Along with drones, bikes and drug paraphernalia, the pageant’s list of prohibited objects and actions now contains “Confederate flag imagery of any kind.” The occasion’s Code of Conduct additional covers issues like hate speech:

CMA is dedicated to creating and sustaining an inclusive tradition the place all individuals have entry to expertise Country Music. Therefore, inappropriate habits equivalent to discrimination, harassment, any type of abuse and/or focused feedback which can trigger any particular person to worry for his or her security on the Event is not going to be tolerated.

That contains “any displays of the Confederate flag,” in line with a statement the Country Music Association supplied to the Tennessean this week.

Some nation musicians have, over the a long time, wrapped themselves — or their stage setup — within the Confederate flag. Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins and Luke Combs have all confronted blowback for associating themselves with the image. Adkins and Combs apologized.

This year’s prohibition comes as Combs is among the many high acts on the invoice. So is Darius Rucker, who’s Black.

“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,” reads the CMA assertion.

The CMA Fest runs June 9-12 this year. For the fest lineup, see beneath. For new additions to the occasion, see beneath that.

Lineup additions embrace Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion will take the Nissan Stadium major stage, whereas opening acts embrace Deana Carter, Sara Evans, Everette, Randy Houser, Angie Okay, Kylie Morgan and Shenandoah. Unfortunately, Alan Jackson will now not carry out.

New this year, CMA Fest will host performances from the particular Platform Stage within the heart of Nissan Stadium, that includes Priscilla Block, Madeline Edwards, Kat + Alex, Maddie & Tae, Frank Ray, Lily Rose and Dylan Scott. Brittney Spencer welcomes the Nissan Stadium crowd Thursday night time performing the National Anthem.

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

Additional acts which were added to the CMA Fest lineup embrace Ryan Charles, Brooke Eden, Mae Estes and Ella Langley. Eden additionally kicks off the Chevy Riverfront Stage Thursday morning performing the National Anthem.

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