"We've been dreaming about bringing a country festival to New York for a long time, and we feel like the time is right now," says Brian O'Connell of Live Nation, which is teaming with Founders Entertainment for the event. "New York City is a global destination. Country fans from all over the world can come to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, while enjoying three days of the best country music acts too."
The festival, named FarmBorough, will take place on Randall's Island June 26th-28th. It will be headlined by Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley. Other artists appearing during the three-day fest include: Wade Bowen, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Country singers playing in New York is always a big deal, whether they're playing the smallest club or bar, or Madison Square Garden," says Bentley, who announced the festival on NBC's TODAY show. "It's a big deal to play here, so to combine that with a country music festival…To have one now in the city really justifies the moment that country music is having."
FarmBorough will also spotlight undiscovered talent with a "Next From Nashville" stage.
Three-day passes starting at $225 will go on sale Thursday, November 6th.
For more information visit FarmBoroughFestival.com
NB. When I initially heard there was going to be a country festival in NYC my first reaction was "meh" thinking it would be the same old same old. But one look at the line up and you know this festival thought outside of the box for acts. Mind you not farrrrr outside, but they are bringing in quality artists that make real good music and put on a pretty terrific live show (I have seen many if not all of these acts live). Some of the must see artists include Striking Matches, Lindsay Ell, The Railers, Chris Stapleton, Wade Bowen, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark and Brothers Osborne. I'll say further there is Dallas Smith, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam (and of course Dierks!). And for $225 the price is very decent for NYC. See ya there!