Keith Urban
Keith Urban will headline the CMA Music Festival on 12 June at Nashville's Nissan Stadium Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Country music fans will be flocking to Nashville, Tennessee, as the CMA Music Festival returns for another year. Barely a name has been left off the star-studded line-up, which meshes together country stars old and new, from Keith Urban to Chris Stapleton.

The annual music festival is one of the biggest events in the diary for country music, with a staggering 87,000 ticket-holders expected to visit daily. According to The Tennessean, the CMA Music festival is incredibly important for economical benefits as it generates a reported $60m for the city of Nashville and $10m for music education initiatives in Metro schools.

As tens of thousands prepare to enjoy music from a wide variety of country stars, IBTimes UK rounds up all the important information useful to know about the CMA Music Festival.


The CMA Music Festival kicks off on 9 June and carries on across four days before wrapping up on 12 June 2016.


Visitors from all around the world will head to Nashville's Nissan Stadium to enjoy this year's festival.


It is probably easier to ask who is not performing at the CMA Music Festival, but here are some of the acts you do not want to miss.

Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood will appear at the CMA Music Festival 2016 on 10 June 2016 Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Thursday 9 June 2016

Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Miranda Lambert

Rascal Flatts

Friday 10 June 2016

Eric Church

Sam Hunt

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

Saturday 11 June 2016

Chris Young

Florida Georgia Line

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton is among the names featured on the star-studded line-up for the CMA Music Festival 2016 Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Sunday 12 June 2016

Keith Urban

Little Big Town

Luke Bryan

Brett Eldredge


The CMAs are not streaming the shows but Jason Aldean's performance will be available to watch live on Tidal. The CMAs are also posting snippets on their social media channels including, Twitter.


The festival isn't restricted to just one place as there will be plenty of other activities on offer across the weekend. Fans have the opportunity to get to know Dierks Bentley a little better by visiting the Every Mile A Memory exhibition at the Country Music Hall Of Fame Museum between 9-11 June. Those partial to a bit of Blake Shelton can also visit his exhibition at the museum titled Blake Shelton: Based On A True Story, which charts the career of one of the genre's most successful stars.

Shelton said of the exhibition: "I came to Nashville in 1994, and I've always been fascinated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. I remember the first time I walked in there, I was blown away. To have my own exhibit is more than a dream come true, because I never dreamed it could happen! It's crazy, is what it is. I couldn't be more excited or more honoured than to be a part of the museum."