Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - CMA Music Festival

CMA Music Festival

June 5-8, LP Field, Nashville, $177 (4-day pass)

CMA Fest traces its roots back to 1972's Fan Fair, which drew 5,000 fans. This year, superstars including Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley drew more than 80,000 in daily attendance. All proceeds benefit local school music programs - to date, more than $9 million has been donated. The 2014 fest also pumped $39.3 million in direct visitor spending into the local community, according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. Four-day ticket packages sold out a record 15 weeks in advance, and tickets for 2015 are outpacing that, with nearly 80 percent of available seats already sold.


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