While much of the music world was focused on the bands tearing up the mud at Bonnaroo, there was an alternative get-together on the other side of the state, as Nashville hosted the CMA Music Festival. The four-day festival, which featured Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift, attracted 56,000 people per day to LP Field, Nashville’s football stadium.
The highlight of the weekend was certainly Swift, who worked the giant crowd like a seasoned pro. The size of the venue must have sparked something in her, as she spent the performance cutting loose: running across the stage, striking rock poses, swinging her hair around and calling out to the audience. It was a much wilder show than she’s used to presenting. Her Saturday night set closed with her smash hit “Love Story,” which led to the festival’s biggest sing-along. Swift didn’t stop there, though, as she spent Sunday signing autographs for fans — some of whom had lined up 17 hours earlier to secure their spot in line.