CMA Fest Busts at the Seams with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban
Nashville’s annual CMA Music Festival is known for drawing the top acts in country music each year, and this year looks to be no different as Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood highlight the packed lineup.
This year’s festival will take place June 6-9 in downtown Nashville, with the headlining acts playing at the city’s LP Field, which is otherwise home to the Tennessee Titans.
As if those names weren’t enough, the lineup also includes Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allen, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Zac Brown Band and more.
“We have an amazing lineup of talent for this year’s festival,” said Country Music Association CEO Steve Moore in a statement. “I know our fans will be entertained and enthralled to see our family reunion of the best and brightest performers in the industry.”
The festival first debuted in 1972 and was then known as Fan Fair. It is now one of the biggest country festivals in the U.S., and in 2011 set a record with 65,000 attendees.
The festival also will feature Fan Fair X, where fans can experience autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, live broadcasts and a marketplace. The events will be held at Nashville’s new Music City Center, a huge new convention center in the heart of the city.
“The relationship between our artists and the fans is at the very heart of what this event was founded on, and we continue to embrace that legacy with Fan Fair X,” said Moore. “By moving to the Music City Center, we are able to provide more opportunities and activities to enhance this treasured experience for the fans.”
In addition to two stages, the building also will display a gallery of music memorabilia, such as Elvis Presley’s custom 1975 Cadillac Coupe De Ville.