"CMA Fest," the music event of summer, celebrates its grand return, bringing the top music acts together on one stage for three full hours of can't-miss collaborations and unforgettable performances WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 @ 8/7c on ABC and available next day on Hulu. The primetime special is led by Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson. The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, which drew 5,000 fans to Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. Celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year, the legendary festival has become the city's signature Country Music event that hosts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and 39 international countries. CMA Fest is a one-of-a-kind festival with hundreds of artists donating their time to perform so ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the country through the CMA Foundation. This is the 20th consecutive year CMA has produced a summer music program to be broadcast as a network television special on ABC.