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FarmBorough draws 40K, plans return

Monday, June 29, 2015 – New York City hosted its first-ever country music festival this past weekend, as the inaugural FarmBorough drew more than 40,000 fans and apparently did well enough to return next year.

FarmBorough, a collaboration between Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment, kicked off the three-day, two-stage festival taking over New York City's Central Park on Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, with a performance by Friday's headliner Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith. All played on Friday night along with RaeLynn and Joe Nichols.

The Next From Nashville stage included Jon Pardi, The Cadillac Three and Chris Stapleton.

Brad Paisley headlined Saturday's set despite a downpour. He sang "Whiskey Lullaby" with Mickey Guyton, who sang earlier in the day. Dwight Yoakam, Justin Moore, Charlie Worsham and Brandy Clark sang as well. The second stage featured Sturgill Simpson, Wade Bowen, Dallas Smith and Striking Matches.

Luke Bryan closed out the festival on Sunday with a hit-filled set. Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope also entertained the crowd. The Next From Nashville stage included Logan Mize and The Railers.

"This weekend was a dream come true," said Brian O' Connell Live Nation President of Country Touring. "It really doesn't get bigger than New York City, and the way that the country community here and those who travelled to get here, took a chance on us and embraced FarmBorough in its first year has astounded me. I can't say it enough how thankful I am to all the fans and the artists who joined in with me on this."

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the success of FarmBorough's inaugural year," said co-founder and partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz. "New York City fully embraced the country community and FarmBorough proved that it's here to say. We can't wait for 2016."

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