In the back of our minds, we knew this was coming, but it still sucks.

The Heartland Stampede has officially been cancelled for 2020. The festival, the first under the new moniker after spending 23 years as Country Stampede, was to be held June 25-27, 2020 in Topeka. Luke Combs, Toby Keith and Cody Johnson were to have been the headliners.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we are sorry for keeping your hopes up that we could make it happen,” Stampede organizers said in a statement to fans on social media. “Every effort was made for a possible reschedule date, but dates and artists were not available. This is not the course of action we want to take, however with the new government COVID19 recovery measures indicating mass gatherings will not be permitted, and in times of unprecedented uncertainty, this is now our only viable option.”

The team behind Stampede has announced that they will move forward with a 2021 edition, which is planned for June 24-26, also at Heartland Park. No headliners or act information is available at present. If you wish to rollover your tickets from this year to next, Stampede has announced that will be allowed. They will also honor refund requests. Information on how to do both can be found here.

Below is the full statement from Heartland Stampede’s Instagram page.