The long-awaited CMA Music Festival (CMA Fest) lineup is revealed and includes 11 stages throughout the downtown area on June 7-10. Actually, we just learned that Billboard named CMA Fest as the No. 1 Country Music Festival in the U.S. in 2017. How awesome is that?
We have the deets right now on four of the 11 stages. They include the lineups for Nissan Stadium, Riverfront Stage, Breakout Stage in Walk of Fame Park and the Budweiser Forever Country Stage.
As stated in a recent press release, proceeds from CMA Fest are used to drive the CMA Foundation’s mission of enriching and sustaining music education programs. The CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested over $20 million in 85 programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and with community outreach organizations. So when you attend CMA Fest, you are providing children with the opportunity to learn and experience music. And the performers give back too by donating their time to perform at CMA Fest each year.
Without further ado, the initial artist lineup for CMA Fest 2018 …
Kelsea Ballerini • Dierks Bentley • Brothers Osborne • Kane Brown • Luke Bryan • Luke Combs • Dan + Shay • Brett Eldredge • Charles Esten and Friends • Florida Georgia Line • Dustin Lynch • Old Dominion • Jon Pardi • Carly Pearce • Charley Pride • Darius Rucker • Blake Shelton • Ricky Skaggs • Chris Stapleton • Carrie Underwood • Keith Urban • Lee Ann Womack • Brett Young • Special Guests Lauren Alaina and Bebe Rexha
First time performers for Nissan Stadium above are Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and Brett Young. Gates open at 6pm with performances starting at 8pm. A limited number of 4-day passes are still available for this stage. Purchase online now or call 1-800-CMA-FEST.
A Thousand Horses • Lauren Alaina • Frankie Ballard • Lee Brice • Chase Bryant • Cam • Craig Campbell • Easton Corbin • Jordan Davis • Devin Dawson • Gavin DeGraw • Russell Dickerson • Drake White and The Big Fire • Lindsay Ell • Tyler Farr • Hunter Hayes • Walker Hayes • High Valley • Home Free • LANCO • Chris Lane • LOCASH • Maddie & Tae • Scotty McCreery • William Michael Morgan • Parmalee • Eric Paslay • Carly Pearce • Cassadee Pope • RaeLynn • Michael Ray • Dylan Scott • Canaan Smith • Corey Smith • Granger Smith • The Cadillac Three • Morgan Wallen • Aaron Watson
Jon Pardi, CMA New Artist of the Year, will kick off the Riverfront Stage on Thursday, June 7 at 10am. This stage will be open from 10am – 5:15pm each day.
Jimmie Allen • Abby Anderson • Kassi Ashton • Drew Baldridge • Chris Bandi • Big Smo • Ashley Campbell • Crowder • Jacob Davis • Delta Rae • Cale Dodds • Adam Doleac • Clare Dunn • Brooke Eden • Riley Green • Trent Harmon • Sundance Head • James Barker Band • Jillian Jacqueline • Krystal Keith and Lance Carpenter • Jon Langston • Love and Theft • Ashley McBryde • Logan Mize • Steve Moakler • Muscadine Bloodline • Jerrod Niemann • Luke Pell • Josh Phillips • Radio Romance • Maggie Rose • Runaway June • Dylan Schneider • Sister Hazel • SmithField • The Wild Feathers • Michael Tyler • Walker McGuire • Waterloo Revival • Charlie Worsham
Located in Walk of Fame Park, the Breakout Stage will be open from 10:30am – 4:55pm each day.
BUDWEISER FOREVER COUNTRY STAGE
Keith Anderson • David Ball • John Berry • BlackHawk • Terri Clark • Mark Collie • Billy Dean • Joe Diffie • Exile • “Forever Country, Never Forgotten: A Tribute to Those Lost from Country Music” • Andy Griggs • Wade Hayes • Ty Herndon • Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence (and special guests) • Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers • Little Texas • Lonestar • Mila Mason • Terry McBride • Lorrie Morgan • Heidi Newfield • Jamie O’Neal • Lee Roy Parnell • Restless Heart • Shenandoah • Doug Supernaw • The Bellamy Brothers • Mark Wills • Darryl Worley • Michelle Wright
Back for the second year, the Budweiser Forever Country Stage will be open from 11am – 4:45pm each day.
All of the stages named are outside daytime stages that are free with the exception of Nissan Stadium, which is an evening, ticketed venue. Additional stage lineups, Fan Fair X and other activities will be announced in the coming weeks. We will update this page when we have additional information.