MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — One of South Carolina's more popular summer music events has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the local economy may be looking at a huge financial loss.
Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF), a 3-day series of live concerts, was initially scheduled for the first weekend in June, then rescheduled for September. The new dates for CCMF are June 10-13, 2021.
CCMF started out in 2015. The first year, the 3-day series of outdoor country music concerts drew around 20,000 attendees. In 2019, attendance to the festival held at Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was 30,000. According to myrtlebeach.com, a general admission pass to the festival plus opening night events start at $229. VIP and Super VIP options -- costing $479 and $1,699 per ticket -- are sold out.
With hotel reservations and restaurant and bar sales, the festival brings in an estimated $20 million every year.
On July 29, Governor Henry McMaster eased some restrictions on concert venues but kept some restrictions on attendance and required attendees to wear face masks.