Just a Bunch of Sell Outs: Tickets Gone for Rock in Rio, CMA Fest, Splendor in the Grass

We’ve got one of the strongest festival seasons in recent memory around the U.S. and the world this year, and many events are not only selling out, but selling out in record times.

We saw the trend start earlier this year when both weekends of Coachella sold out in just a few hours, and now huge festivals like CMA Fest, Brazil’s Rock in Rio and Australia’s Splendour in the Grass have sold out extremely quickly, as well.

Splendour in the Grass, a three-day Australian festival in Byron Bay, saw “unprecedented” demand, despite being moved to a new location this year that increased capacity by about 25,000 over last year. The rapid ticket sales (most reportedly sold in less than an hour) is credited to a strong lineup including Mumford & Sons, the National, TV on the Radio and Frank Ocean, among others. Additionally, the festival is held in the winter in Australia, and therefore has few festival competitors.

Rock in Rio doesn’t take place until mid-September, but all tickets other than travel packages that include tickets have already sold out. However, having a list of headliners that include Beyonce, Muse, Justin Timberlake, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Iron Maiden make it pretty easy to convince folks to buy tickets, I imagine. After all, there’s not many festivals around the world that put acts like John Mayer, Nickelback, Alicia Keys and Florence & the Machine on the second tier of the main stage.

Finally, the lineup at CMA Fest — which is consistently strong year after year — seems to include everybody who’s anybody in today’s country music scene. Here’s a shortlist: Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.

So it’s no wonder that “tickets to LP Field sold faster than ever,” according to CMA CEO Steve Moore. LP Field is the stadium in Nashville that hosts the biggest acts of the CMA Fest, though there are other stages and events set up around the city.