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For four days every year, the biggest names in country music and the most committed fans in music all converge in one spot. It’s the CMA Music festival, a massive country festival that takes place each June and runs for four days over a long weekend. The CMA Music Festival is held each year in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world. The huge event is hosted, of course, by the Country Music Association (CMA).



The CMA Music Festival has a long and storied history that dates back more than four decades. The festival has played host to some of the biggest stars in country music history, and it remains one of the most important live events on country music’s calendar. Fans start looking for CMA Music Festival tickets early and look forward to the big event for months.

The festival wasn’t always such a huge event. In its inaugural year – 1972 – the festival drew 5,000 fans, a number that pales in comparison to modern figures. The original 1972 festival wasn’t called the CMA Music Festival: instead, it was called “Fan Fair.” The first Fan Fair wasn’t the modern mega-festival that fans would recognize today, but it was impressive all the same. It offered 20 hours of live music and included autograph booths and other side-attractions. It was held inside of one auditorium, not in multiple venues as it is today.

The 1972 Fan Fair was a success, but it would soon pale in comparison to future efforts. 1973’s edition was moved to June, allowing organizers to hold the event outside and draw more fans to the concerts. It worked: the second edition of the festival drew roughly twice as many fans as the first one.

Fan Fair’s organizers didn’t stop improving on their idea. In the festival’s third year, they included former Beatle Paul McCartney, the first non-country musician to ever play at the annual event. The festival still focused on country, of course, and also included famous country singers like Dolly Parton, who sang with Porter Wagoner that year, the last time they performed together before they split.

The festival continued to enjoy success throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Year after year, it brought in big-time country music acts for performances and autograph signings. Country musicians saw the festival as an important chance to connect with their fans, sometimes going to great lengths to make sure that they spent as much time with fans as possible. Singer Kathy Mattea once “spoke” to fans through a computer at the festival, which she attended despite a serious vocal cord injury that kept her from speaking out loud. Country superstar Garth Brooks spent more than 23 straight hours signing autographs from a booth during the 25th anniversary edition of the festival in 1996.

Big changes would come to the festival in the 2000s. First, the festival left its home in the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in 2001. Fan Fair had been held there in almost every year of its existence, but that was now a thing of the past. Fans could camp in the fairgrounds, but the actual performances and events would be distributed across sites in downtown Nashville.

The location of the festival wasn’t the only thing to move in 2001. The days on which it was held moved, too. For years, Fan Fair had been held on weekdays. That came to an end in 2001, when festival was turned into a long weekend event.

In 2004, the festival got a name change to go with its new format. CMA dropped the “Fan Fair” name and simply called the event the CMA Music Festival. According to the CMA, the name change was meant to better describe the size and feeling of the event. It was more than just a small-town “fair” – it was a huge international event, full of superstars, and a stage as big and important as country music itself (exhibit halls where autographs were signed would continue to be called “Fan Fair”).

And the first fans to buy CMA Music Festival tickets weren’t the only ones to see the new-look show: CMA also cut a deal with ABC that allowed the event to be broadcast on television for the first time. The two-hour special was called CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock. An estimated 9 million people tuned in. It was a far cry from the festival’s humble beginnings, when only 5,000 fans got to watch.

The new festival format was a hit with fans, and 2007 saw more country music fans buy CMA Music Festival tickets than ever before in the festival’s history. 191,154 fans attended the 2007 edition of the festival, a new record. By this point, the festival was bigger than every. There were more than 100 hours of music – five times the amount of the inaugural 1972 editions – as well as autograph booths, sports competitions, and much more.

Today, the CMA Music Festival is bigger than ever. More than 400 artists arrive for the festival every year, ready to sing their hit songs and sign autographs for the thousands upon thousands of fans that show up to enjoy one of the biggest events in country music. The artists take the stage in some of Nashville’s largest and most impressive venues, and fans swarm downtown Nashville, the most important city in country music. Fans come from all over the country and even beyond – organizers say that country music fans came from 41 different countries to attend recent editions of the festival.

CMA Music Festival tickets are more than just simple concert tickets – they’re passports to an experience, one that goes beyond music. Everything that’s great about country music is on display at the CMA Music Festival. The great fans, the unique relationship between those fans and their heroes, the surrounding country and western culture, and, of course, the fantastic music all contribute to the atmosphere and feeling of country music’s annual party. For die-hard fans of country music, missing the CMA Music Festival just isn’t an option.

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$7.00 AT&T U Verse Fan Fair X — 06/14/2015
Music City Center; Nashville, TN
$10.00 AT&T U Verse Fan Fair X — 06/12/2015
Music City Center; Nashville, TN
$52.00 CMA Music Festival — 06/12/2016
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$62.00 CMA Music Festival — 06/14/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$72.00 CMA Music Festival — 06/09/2016
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$78.00 AT&T U Verse Fan Fair X — 06/13/2015
Music City Center; Nashville, TN
$87.00 CMA Music Festival — 06/11/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$88.00 CMA Music Festival — 06/13/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$102.00 CMA Music Festival — 06/11/2016
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$105.00 CMA Music Festival — 06/12/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN

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$405.00CMA Music Festival — 06/10/2016
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$307.00CMA Music Festival - 4 Day Pass — 06/08/2017
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$255.00CMA Music Festival - 4 Day Pass — 06/09/2016
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$157.00CMA Music Festival - 4 Day Pass — 06/11/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$105.00CMA Music Festival — 06/12/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$102.00CMA Music Festival — 06/11/2016
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$88.00CMA Music Festival — 06/13/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$87.00CMA Music Festival — 06/11/2015
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
$78.00AT&T U Verse Fan Fair X — 06/13/2015
Music City Center; Nashville, TN
$72.00CMA Music Festival — 06/09/2016
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, TN
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