FarmBorough Festival will return to New York’s Randall’s Island for the second time June 17-19 and it’s bringing many of Nashville’s top-tier touring acts to town. EW can announce that Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Jason Aldean will share top billings, while Brooks & Dunn, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Kacey Musgraves, A Thousand Horses, Billy Currington, Lonestar, Eric Paslay, and David Nail will also join. More names are expected to be revealed this spring.
“I’m not going to bring a B-level field to New York City,” Live Nation’s President of Country Touring Brian O’Connell tells EW, “nor would I bring it to any of our other festivals.” (O’Connell founded Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan and the Watershed Festival in Quincy, Washington and oversees Live Nation’s other country festivals as well as their annual summer country tours.)
“I want it to be special. Part of this is trying to get something that nobody else or very few other people can see. That is the Brooks & Dunn element of this,” he says of getting seminal country act to the stage. ” The idea that we’re going to be one of two shows, outside of their Las Vegas deal since 2010…I’m like tripping out,” he says. “It’s so cool.”
FarmBorough enjoyed a stellar debut year on Randall’s Island in 2015 when Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Luke Bryan headlined. It was founded in the image of Stagecoach, which began in 2007 as Coachella’s kid sister and is now the largest country festival in the world, by Live Nation and Founders Entertainment, the company behind Governor’s Ball — which also just revealed its 2016 lineup.
Festival passes will go on-sale on Jan. 29 at 10am ET on the event’s website.