The Fans Come First: The CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee
Wanna be on TV? Every year in June, Nashville celebrates country music with the annual CMA (Country Music Awards) Music Festival, which includes four days of concerts, a fan-inspired fair, and, of course, the 3-hour live special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” which airs live on CBS. Throughout the festival, musical entertainment and fan exhibits are held in three downtown Nashville locations: nightly concerts are showcased at LP Field, daily concerts are staged in Riverfront Park and Fan Fair Hall is open daily in the Nashville Convention Center.
The four-day CMA Music Festival dates back to 1972, when it was originally called Fan Fair. The event has been called the CMA Music Festival since 2004, but reached its highest attendance numbers in 2010, with 65,000 attendees from all 50 states and two dozen countries. Each year the festival also brings in millions of dollars in music education funding for its “Keep the Music Playing” campaign.
If you’re a fan of country music’s biggest headliners, you’ll want to find the fan photo line and snap a pic with your favorite performer,
or sign up online for a spot in Fan Fair’s autograph program.
Tickets to the CMA Music Fest are available in 4-day passes, and the price is right for any college student on a budget. A four-day pass is priced at about $31 per day, and includes access to music and fan events in all three locations. So head over to Nashville for a down-home, fan-friendly music fest.
By Leah Waldron