Just one month ago, Nashville, TN was overrun by excited and adoring country music fans from around the world. The reason: the Country Music Associations annual four-day music festival, CMA Fest.
For four days and nights, fans were treated to live music nearly 24 hours a day, culminating with nightly shows in Music City’s Nissan Stadium. Though the time since those nightly festivities has come and gone, the CMA is gearing up for fans to re-live the experience.
On August 4, ABC will broadcast the CMA Fest primetime special, featuring a slew of performances from the stadium concerts. Fans will be treated to songs from more than 30 of country music’s biggest names, including Lil Nas X joined by Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers, Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde, Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell, Tim McGraw and Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile, and Carrie Underwood with Joan Jett. Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young.
The telecast, which filmed in June during the festival, will be hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, with Bobby Bones as a special guest host.
In anticipation for CMA Fest, the CMA has released the first trailer (watch it above), giving fans a sneak peek at what to expect.
CMA Fest airs live on ABC on Sunday, August 4 at 8/7c. The festival returns in 2020 from June 4-7. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, August 2 at CMAfest.com/tickets.