You just know the Farmborough festival, country stars galore, is, weather permitting, gonna be one of the great festivals of our time. Promoted by the guys who brought us Governor’s Ball, Founders Entertainment, plus Live Nation -a company reinventing the shed, and with three headliners of the first order, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, the rest of the line up seems to be missing something, maybe a Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town , a Lady Antebellum or two, but they may add that in the weeks to come, and what is is awful damn good any way.
Plus, for a three day show, from June 26th to June 28th, the $225 General Admission and $599 for VIP three day passes sound reasonable to me. The way to go is VIP if you can swing it, it is really a blast to swagger up to the lip of the stage. Of course, sometimes even VIP won’t help enough, the Outkast set last June was pandemonium.
The concept whereby New York is not a country friendly city is now officially over with our first country fest. I’ve caught Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and others perform sold out gigs around the City, Jersey and Long Island. And while I have my problems with bro Country on record, live they always deliver the goods.
The thing is, these bands have terrific songwriters and even better Nashville Cat musicians playing them. Forget the “hip hop” production question, that’s just telling you it’s State Of the Art, and keep your eyes on the songs themselves: whatever they are doing, the best of these performers are qualified by content not form.
The Cadillac Three
Maddie & Tae
It’s the music, stupid
a restless and fearless freak show
Eminem and Calvin couldn’t move Bey
summer’s entertainment is rewarded
compares the end of a romance to the end of life
House pure and simple
lays down his claim to being a giant
Elvis Costello And The Imposters and Nick Lowe And Los Straightjackets At The Rooftop At Pier 17, Thursday, August 11th, 2022
embraces the moment with a big smile