The 2016 CMA Music Festival was a complete success again this year. Celebrating its 45th year, the festival set a record attendance with over 88,000 fans each day.

“The advance sell out speaks to the strength of the event, but great weather, the addition of two new, free stages at Ascend Amphitheater, and record crowds at Fan Fair X at the Music City Center contributed to our attendance hike,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “We continue to see strong local and regional support for this event, which is a boon to the city of Nashville.”

More than 500 artists and celebrities participated in the event this year which resulted in over 250 hours of concerts across eleven stages.

Did you suffer from FOMO all weekend as pictures were coming through on your social media from the exciting event? Don’t worry, the CMA, along with the help of Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett, has you covered! The ABC television special, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” will bring the CMA Music Festival to you over the course of three hours on the ABC network Wednesday, August 3 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).

Start planning now for next years event! The 2017 CMA Music Festival is already in the works, and will be held June 8 through June 11, 2017. Tickets can be ordered now at or call the box office at 800-262-3378.