Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The stats are in on the 47th annual CMA Fest with almost half of the festival goers from the U.S. there for the first time.
Fans came from all 50 states and 36 international countries. Millennials made up 41 percent of new attendees and continue the trend of a growing younger CMA Fest audience.
Sixty percent of international attendees were first-time festival goers. In addition to continued representation from regions such as Canada, U.K., Australia and several European countries, attendees trekked to CMA Fest from Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and Chile. Florida, California, Illinois, New York, Kentucky and Ohio are the top states represented at this year's CMA Fest.
The fest took over downtown Nashville June 7-10 with more than 300 acts performing on 11 official stages and ticket proceeds going directly to helping enrich and sustain music education programs across the country through CMA's nonprofit arm, the CMA Foundation, thanks to every artist at the festival donating their time.
dThe festival was filmed for a three-hour special, "CMA Fest," which will be hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini and airs Wednesday, Aug. 8 on the ABC.
"CMA Fest is a marathon music celebration that engages our entire community," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "We thank our Nashville business community, our ABC partners, and of course all the artists and industry for working with us to make it a successful event for the fans. The diversity of talent featured throughout the footprint this year ranged from emerging to legendary artists."
Festivities kicked off early on Wednesday, June 6 with a sold-out CMA Songwriters Series show at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Mac McAnally and Don Schlitz.
Over the course of the four-day festival, Xfinity Fan Fair X welcomed 71,000 attendees, up 10 percent over 2017, and hosted 365 artists across meet-and-greets and three indoor stages in the exhibit hall, including the expanded Radio Disney Country Stage.
Official CMA Fest merchandise booths enjoyed a nine percent increase in sales compared to 2017.
Verified fan pre-sale for CMA Fest in 2019 begins Monday, July 30, with a national on-sale Monday, Aug. 6.