Just one month after the announcement of the 2021 lineup, Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Festival has been canceled. Returning to its third year after a break in 2020, the country star’s event was originally set for Sept. 3 to 5 in Buena Vista, Colorado.
“Seven Peaks Music Festival will be canceled in 2021 due to current capacity constraints in place by local health authorities,” the festival tweeted on Friday. “We are already planning in 2022 and a new location will be announced in the coming months.” Passes purchased for this year’s event will be refunded within 30 days.
“We tried everything to make it happen, but Chaffee County has decided to lift capacity restrictions,”
All 2021 passes purchased at https://t.co/OPHvHaGWyJ are automatically refunded in full within 30 days back to the original form of payment. pic.twitter.com/ZohQyU6QrS
– Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) July 9, 2021
Chaffee County has established local guidelines for removal and masking during the Covid era, and outdoor events are still limited to 5,000. Denver TV reporter Marshall Zelinger notes that the Seven Peaks organizers actually sold more than 6,000 tickets before acquiring the festival’s permission from the county.
Seven Peaks is NOT coming to Buena Vista. Chaffee County has a capacity of 5,000 outdoor events through Aug. 31. This video is from June 23, when Live Nation revealed that 6,000 tickets had already been sold for an event that was not yet allowed to be held. It must see! https://t.co/eD3hiDBjYp pic.twitter.com/HmvrptRDfg
– Marshall Zelinger (@ Marshall9News) July 9, 2021
In addition to Bentley, artists at this year’s Seven Peaks were to include Keith Urban, Old Crow Medicine Show and Kip Moore.
While Chaffee County has in-depth resources on how and where to get Covid-19 vaccines along with data that supports their effectiveness on their website, some of Colorado’s elected Republican officials are working overtime to convince people not to get them. Rep. Lauren Boebert, whose district does not include Buena Vista, tweeted this week about President Biden sending “Needle Nazis” to her square. More than 600,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.
Colorado is one of a growing number of states becoming a hotspot for the more transferable delta variant. During June 24-26, the city of Grand Junction, Colorado hosted thousands of country music fans at the Country Jam Festival, which, according to a report by NPR, was in danger of being canceled by local health officials.