Nashville: Country Nights

Have you ever been to Nashville? 

Cumberland River, Nashville

Until this week I hadn’t, but it had been a dream, since my seven year old self began listening to music, to one day head to Music City.

I visited the southern US city during the annual shindig known as CMAFest, where for one week each June an additional 400,000 visitors are drawn into the streets of the Tennessee capital.  And there is room for everyone at the live music festival, where country fans celebrate, and are celebrated by, country artists and the country music association.  I mean celebrated to the point of free pizza slices (thanks, Hunt Brothers!) and shots EVERY DAY during the four-day festival (thanks to the pop up Flora Bama bar).

With 12 hours of amazing line ups across the exaggerated weekend (it’s officially a Thurs-Sun thing, but the wise ones turn up the week before, and leave the week after to make sure they don’t miss any of their favourite artists) there are over 300 musicians in town, with headliners taking over the Nissan Stadium every night.