There’s good news and bad news for fans of the Norman Music Festival.

After the 2020 festival was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like the free, volunteer-run festival won’t be coming back this year.

Instead, organizers announced this week dates for next year’s Norman Music Fest, which is set to return April 28-30, 2022.

Although the wait is longer than fans were undoubtedly hoping for, it’s good to hear that one of the state’s coolest live music events will be back.

As a warm-up to next year’s fest, organizers are launching NMF Soundchecks, a series of free live concerts across Norman.

So far, plans have been announced for three of the free shows: July 10 in front of The Norman Depot, 200 S Jones, with Helen Kelter Skelter, Blushing and Mad Honey; Aug. 14 in front of the depot with the lineup to be announced; and Sept. 10-11 behind Opolis, 113 N Crawford, with the performers TBA.

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