While Bonnaroo rages some 60 minutes to the south, the 2016 CMA Music Festival will bring more than 400 country artists to downtown Nashville from June 9th to June 12th. As usual, the festival hinges on a four-night span of headlining sets at Nissan Stadium, where nightly lineups of country music's biggest and brightest draw crowds that dwarf the average attendance of a Tennessee Titans football game.
This year's crop of headliners includes perennial favorites like Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban, newly-minted stars like Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Stapleton, and country legend Hank Williams Jr. Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts join Bentley and Ballerini for Thursday's kickoff show, while Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood round out Friday's lineup alongside Stapleton and Bocephus. Saturday night will see sets from Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton, while Sunday's festival-closing bill includes Urban, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge. The Nissan Stadium lineup was announced this month in four separate installments, wrapping up with today's unveiling of the Sunday bill.
With shows taking place in parking lots, honky-tonks, clubs and stages alongside the Cumberland River, CMA Fest gives up-and-coming acts the chance to share a festival bill with the genre's biggest names. A full lineup is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the stadium shows are already sold out.
Here's the nightly CMA Fest lineup at Nissan Stadium:
Thursday, June 9th
Friday, June 10th
Hank Williams Jr.
Saturday, June 11th
Florida Georgia Line
Sunday, June 12th
Little Big Town