Three days until CMA Fest and Bonnaroo means tens of thousands of music fans will likely descend upon Nashville, flooding Music City’s hotels.
To prepare, tourists are getting ahead of the game.
Those tourists are hoping to get a free, front row seat to their favorite and up-and-coming country artists.
“Ashley McBride,” said Mamie Graham, who traveled from Missouri.
“I’d love to meet you Luke Bryan,” Betsy Berry told our News 2 crew.
But that chance meeting comes at a cost.
According to CMA Fest’s website, concerts last year were sold out nightly.
A search of Hotels.com showed prices to book a room during the festival ranges from $209 a night at the Springhill Suites at Metro Center to $700 a night at The Omni on 5th Ave.
Farther from downtown are better deals.
The Woodspring Suites in Lebanon about 20 miles away begins at $76 a night.
In 2017, those returning to CMA Fest held steady at 48-percent from the year before.
One of those returning fans, Berry, shared her money-saving, stress-relieving tips.
“It was during the CMA’s last year,” said Berry. “We looked into it in the Fourth of July, and said let’s just do it.”
The festival’s crowds, well-known even to our northern neighbors, like Katie Helps.
It’ll be her first time at CMA Fest.
“We started booking way in advance,” said Helps. “Airbnb in East Nashville. We’re driving every day so far, but it wouldn’t be a far ride for a cab or Uber.”
One complaint, though, was expensive parking.
Through the Convention and Visitor’s Corporation, parking passes for the festival go for $80 each.
CMA Fest 2019 Artist Lineup: http://www.wkrn.com/news/entertainment/performers-announced-for-this-years-cma-fest/1066503702