The Big Apple went country last month! This year was the first ever FarmBorough Music Festival. And since it was put on by Founders Entertainment and Live Nation, it should be no surprise that this festival didn’t disappoint.
Our Crew member, Sarah Maloney, attended the festival and below are some photos she took while she was there. She also shared a little about what it was like…
What were your overall thoughts of the festival?
It was the first 3 day country music festival in NYC so it was cool to see how many country fans were excited to attend. The turnout was great and the artists put on a phenomenal show.
Did anything stick out as really unique?
On Saturday, it rained pretty hard. But that didn’t deter any artists from playing and putting on a great show for the fans. It was unbelievable to see them do a full set, playing instruments and getting drenched by rain. They were there to put on a show and did not disappoint.
What was your favorite thing about the festival?
I love country and it was great to be around so many people that shared the same interest. From fans standing in the rain to see their favorite artists to line dancing in between sets. It was a great vibe and everyone was so happy to be there. Oh…and meeting Kip Moore! That was a huge highlight of the weekend!
Who was your favorite artist and why?
Luke Bryan. I’ve never seen him live before. He was charming and engaged with the crowd. I loved how he brought out Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch, took a shot with them and sang “Sugar” by Maroon 5. He also brought two male fans on stage to hold the American flag and sang The Star Spangled Banner. He really knew how to work the crowd. It’s no wonder he won the ACM Entertainer of the Year award.
Tell us a little about the nonprofit RoomFunding™ project that benefits from this festival.
I had the privilege to meet with Lauren Profeta with Answer the Call while I was in NYC. It was amazing to hear how well they take care of families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. They are there to support them both mentally and financially. This is such a great charity and it’s rewarding to know that we can give back to these families in ways as simple as booking a hotel room. Through Hotels for Hope’s RoomFunding platform, $2 from every room night booked for FarmBorough went to their project.
Any advice for anyone attending it next year?
Be ready to enjoy good country music, good people and an amazing backdrop of NYC.