The 2018 CMA Music Festival got underway on Thursday (June 8), and you can relive the highlights in the hot photos above!

Tens of thousands of fans come to Nashville from all over the country and the world every year for CMA Music Fest, and fans who hit the streets in downtown Nashville for day one in 2018 got to take in daylight performances from Runaway JuneJon Pardi, Carly Pearce and many more on Thursday.

The evening brought sets from Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Chase BryantLindsay EllLauren Alaina and Kane Brown, some of the cast of Nashville and many more. The stages at Ascend Amphitheater and Nissan Stadium in Music City were jumping way into the night as some of the brightest stars in country music lit up the night in Nashville. The festival features several stages, including the Riverfront Stage, while fast-rising artists like Ashley McBryde, Steve Moakler and others will grace the Breakout Stage. Classic country artists including Terri Clark, Lonestar, Lorrie Morgan and more will perform on the Forever Country Stage, spotlighting artists from the 1980s, '90s and 2000s.

Highlight performances from the 2018 CMA Music Festival will air as a special on ABC in August. Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini are returning to co-host the broadcast.

Country Music Tours Hitting the Road in 2018