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Nashville North music lineup unveiled; venue location, tent-style changed

The Calgary Stampede’s Nashville North venue will host nearly 40 country music artists in a canopy-style tent during the 2021 Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Earlier this week, Stampede organizers unveiled some of the safety measures they would implement in order for the 10-day show to open up this summer.

“It is exciting to have live music return to the stage this year, and with almost 40 artists, it’s the biggest lineup we have had in the venue’s history,” said Kyle Corner, Manager, Stampede Programming.

“This year we are excited to put the spotlight on home-grown talent with an all-Canadian lineup of artists, making this music experience like no other.”

Questions have been raised around Nashville North and potential public health issues. Typically there are large crowds and close proximity of patrons.

The live music venue will have a different location on the grounds and a different style of tent. It’s a canopy-style tent that allow for more distancing and better airflow. It will be located next to the Stampede Grandstand.

They will also have digital queuing so there are no lineups outside of the venue. The Calgary Stampede is also still reviewing proof of vaccination and rapid COVID-19 testing on site.

“We recognize the Stampede is leading the way in Canada in a return to live events,” said Corner.

“We are also leading the way with safety measures, seeking out and combining best practices from across North America.”

Decisions on those additional public health measures will be made in the coming weeks, the Stampede said.

The Calgary Stampede begins July 9, with a virtual parade.

Here’s the Nashville North artist lineup: