Two gone and one returns.
That’s what’s happening with country music festivals as FarmBorough and Big Barrel canceled their second year while Country Night Lights announced a 2016 lineup.
Let’s start with the good news. Country Night Lights returns for its sophomore year, Sept. 23 and 24, at Athens, Ohio.
The 2016 edition has headliners Jake Owen and Brett Eldredge.
The rest of the lineup has yet to be announced.
The Athens, Ohio, music fest is organized by Prime Social Group (PSG), who had Sam Hunt and Easton Corbin take the stage in their inaugural edition.
“We are looking to make Country Night Lights the largest college country music festival,” says Prime Social Group co-founder, Adam Lynn.
Located near Ohio University’s campus, he said, “OU students form the core of our audience and bring a special energy to the show that makes CNL an amazing festival to attend or to perform at.”
PSG purchased the festival site and is investing into the infrastructure of the grounds.
For more information, visit http://www.countrynightlights.com/.
Now, here’s an update on the bad news for country music fans.
The FarmBorough Festival was set for June 17-19 at Randall’s Island Park in New York. Debuting last year, it was the first country music fest located in the Big Apple.
The 2016 headliners were Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw. Brooks & Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Brantley Gilbert, A Thousand Horses, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Lonestar, David Nail and Eric Paslay were also scheduled to perform.
Instead, organizers on the fest’s facebook page cited “conditions dictate that we redirect our energy at this time. We appreciate the opportunity you afforded us to present FarmBorough in New York City, and apologize for any inconvenience.”
All festival and ferry passes will be refunded.
For more information, visit http://farmboroughfestival.com/.
While successfully organizing eight music festivals across America, promoter Goldenvoice’s luck ran out with this year’s Big Barrel country music festival, June 24-26 at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware.
After debuting in 2015, the fest was shut down this year.
For more information, visit https://bigbarrel.com/.