X marks the spot at this year’s CMA Music Festival. AT&T® U-verse® Fan Fair X (FFX) will feature autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, marketplace, live broadcasts, demonstrations and much more in the brand new, cutting-edge Music City Center during CMA Music Festival June 6-9 in Nashville.
“The relationship between our artists and the fans is at the very heart of what this event was founded on, and we continue to embrace that legacy with Fan Fair X,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore said. “By moving to the Music City Center, we are able to provide more opportunities and activities to enhance this treasured experience for the fans.”
The new Fan Fair X will feature all the popular fan experiences from the past and expand to create the most ‘eXceptional, eXciting and eXtrodianary’ artist/fan encounters in CMA Music Festival’s 40+ year history. Lady Antebellum will lead the way with ‘Lady A Day at FFX.’ They’ll kick off the week by cutting the ribbon to officially open the doors on June 6. They will then perform, sign autographs, take fan questions and launch their first Ping Pong & Songs event.
“I’m looking forward to being in the new Music City Center,” Hillary Scott said. “We’re really excited to be given the opportunity to merge our Ping Pong & Songs event with Music Fest and this new fan experience CMA is creating. Now that fans from all over the country will be able to play ping pong against us, Charles and Dave are going to have to brush up on their skills! All the money we raise at our booth will go to LadyAID – it’s going to be so fun for us and for the fans!”
“I think CMA Fest is one of the best fan opportunities in music,” Dave Haywood said. “It’s the best festival that’s put on for fans to get up close with their favorite artists. It’s also cool because there are the stadium shows that have everybody in Country Music out there playing every night.”
“CMA Fest gives us a chance to connect directly with our fans in a way we don’t get to any other time of the year,” Charles Kelley said. “This year, CMA is letting us go all out, so we’re going to bring in the whole touring setup, ping pong and all, and invite as many fans as we can fit @ClubLabellum there at FFX!”
FFX is enhancing the fan experience by adding two new stages as well as demonstrations, events and exhibits like ‘Rockology’ which features a gallery of music memorabilia including Elvis Presley’s 1975 custom Cadillac Coupe De Ville which still retains the bullet hole from the Graceland security officer who mistakenly fired a shot into the car. With an expanded footprint, FFX affords more people the opportunity to experience the Festival in comfort and style.
FFX is free to all CMA Music Festival four-day ticket holders. Additionally, CMA is making available tickets to FFX for $10 a day; or $25 for a four-day pass to Fan Fair X. Ticket information will be posted closer to the event and will be available at CMAfest.com.
Launched in 2012 and back for 2013 is an improved online autograph drawing. The new system will be a drawing with online sign ups and advance notification. The advance sign-up system creates an equal chance for all fans to enter for their chance to win an autograph signing ticket. Of the hundreds of artists appearing in FFX, only about 10 percent of signings will require a ticket. A list of autograph sessions that require tickets and directions on how to enter will be posted May 20 at CMAfest.com.