CMA Music Festival Tickets
CMA Music Festival Schedule
Each year, the CMA brings together the country's
biggest and brightest stars and puts them on a stage for four days of the most captivating country music around! Picture it...
over 400 of your favorite artists gathering for a rare event, featuring country music headliners like Brad Paisley, Carrie
Underwood, Martina McBride, Alabama, Alan Jackson and more!
This extraordinary festival additionally includes meet-and-greet
sessions, autograph signings and more than 150 hours of concerts.
CMA Music Festival Background
music sits as the centerpiece of the Country Music Association's four-day music festival.
It all started back in April
1972 as a Fan Fair. The very first one was staged in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. In attendance were 5,000 country music
fans. The original event was comprised of 20 hours of live entertainment, autograph booths and 100 exhibit booths.
1973, the event was moved to June, which proved to be a success in drawing more fans - doubling the count this time around
to 10,000. The third year of the festival marked the first non-country music performance by the legendary Paul McCartney.
Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton put on a duet for the final time before going their separate ways.
A decade after the
inaugural CMA Festival, the event was moved to the Tennessee State fairgrounds, and the All American Country Games competition
became a part of the festival as well. The event was organized to raise funds for the Tennessee Special Olympics but was nixed
in 1989 to make more room for shows.
Many changes occurred in 2001. For the first time, the event stretched out over
an extended weekend instead of during the week. At the same time, the festival relocated to several sites around downtown
Nashville, including the Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Convention Center, the LP Field and Riverfront Park. The fairgrounds
were transformed into a temporary campsite for fans as well.
In 2004, the CMA renamed the Fan Fair event as the CMA
Music Festival. Additionally in 2004, ABC put the event on TV as a two-hour special billed as CMA Music Festival: Country's
Night to Rock. The original special aired on July 14, 2004. It ranked No. 16 in viewers - an estimated 9 million viewers tuned
in to catch it!
In 2007, an attendance record was set with 191,154 fans coming out for the show! Those in attendance
took part in more than 30 hours of autograph signing sessions, family activities, competitions, over 100 hours of live performances,
interactive exhibits, games, giveaways and so much more! Over 400 shining stars made a showing at the 2007 CMA Music Festival.
highlight of the 2011 CMA Music Festival was when the legendary country music group Alabama jammed with Brad Paisley on the
Old Alabama tune. Paisley and Alabama wrapped up the show by additionally singing Tennessee River.
These days the CMA
Music Festival is still going strong, and continues to host unique opportunities for fans to interact with their country star
heroes and legends.
LP Field Nashville, Tennessee
LP Field is centrally located on 105 acres and sits
along the east bank of the Cumberland River. The field opened in August 1999.
During football season, LP Field in Nashville,
Tennessee, serves as the home to the Tennessee Titans and the Tennessee State University Tigers, brimming with cheering fans.
But when June rolls around, LP Field doubles as a country music festival haven! Annually, country music fans flood LP Field
to get a glimpse of their favorite music artists from Brad Paisley to Garth Brooks.
CMA Music Festival Trivia
you know that Garth Brooks made a last-minute decision to participate in the 25th anniversary of the CMA Music Festival in
1996? Surrounded by legions of fans, Brooks remained in his booth signing autographs for 23 hours and 10 minutes without one
Another milestone moment CMA Music Festival's history was when singer Kathy Mattea participated despite her doctor's
orders. She was told not to speak so that her vocal cords could heal. But Mattea forged on and used a computer to communicate
messages to her fans.
Now that's fan appreciation!
CMA Music Festival Fan Experience
Since its inception
in 1972, the CMA Music Festival has given fans the authentic opportunity to meet some of their favorite country music artists.
The artists taking the stage at the CMA Music Festival are of the highest country caliber, prolific performers, who certainly
know how to put on a show!
Through 2000, the CMA Music Festival was thought to be a sell-out crowd if 25,000 people
came out for it. From the young to the young-at-heart, fans have traveled to Nashville from all over the globe, including
France, the U.K., Germany, Australia, Japan, Russia, China and Canada.
After moving to its new digs in 2001, crowd numbers
skyrocketed. In fact, the 2002 CMA Music Festival attracted 126,000 fans!
Between the talent, the stage, the fans and
the city, the concert experience at the CMA Music Festival is second to none!