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FarmBorough: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Onstage and Backstage Photos

From Dierks Bentley’s wild set to Mickey Guyton’s fashionista moment, we captured great moments from the New York extravaganza

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley headlined the first night of FarmBorough 2015.

Chona Kasinger

FarmBorough, New York City's first-ever major country music festival, brought tens of thousands of fans to Randall's Island for three days and nights of nonstop hits. Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley headlined with high-energy sets, while over on the Next From Nashville Stage, newer acts proved future marquee leaders. Contributing photographer Chona Kasinger shuffled from stage to stage to get live shots of artists including Kip Moore, Sturgill Simpson and Maddie and Tae, and also went backstage between sets to coax acts including Bentley, Joe Nichols and Lindsay Ell to strike a pose. Flip through our best onstage and backstage photos from the inaugural (and likely first of many) FarmBorough Festival.

Kip Moore

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Kip Moore

In addition to playing sing-along hits including "Beer Money," Kip Moore previewed tunes from his upcoming album, Wild Ones.

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Randall’s Island

Randall's Island, which is surrounded by the East River and Harlem River, was the site for the inaugural FarmBorough festival. This shot was taken a few hours before fans started piling in on Saturday.

Maddie and Tae

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Maddie and Tae

Singers Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye talked to Rolling Stone Country backstage about their whirlwind success that began with their daring, delicious first hit, "Girl in a Country Song."

Chris Stapleton

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Chris Stapleton

Joined by his wife, Morgane, Chris Stapleton performed "You Are My Sunshine" for the rain-soaked FarmBorough crowd, preceded by songs from his critically-acclaimed Traveller album.

Brandy Clark

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Brandy Clark

Along with songs from her Grammy-nominated 12 Stories album, Brandy Clark did a medley of tunes she's written for other artists, including Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart" and the Band Perry's "Better Dig Two."

Canaan Smith

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Canaan Smith

The Virginia native played tunes from his recently-released EP. Along with fellow FarmBorough acts Maddie and Tae and Kip Moore, Smith is on tour with Dierks Bentley this summer.

Joe Nichols

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Joe Nichols

If anyone brought country flavor to the big city, it was Nichols, who mixed his throwback songs with a cover of Sir Mix a Lot's "Baby Got Back," turning the rap classic into a hilarious hoedown.

Courtney Cole

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Courtney Cole

Cole's set included original tunes mixed in with a Destiny's Child cover. FarmBorough was somewhat of a dress rehearsal for her upcoming opening gig on Miranda Lambert's fall tour.

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Along for the Ride

In addition to two stages of music, FarmBorough had carnival rides and plenty of vendors, with the longest lines at the barbeque joints.

Dustin Lynch

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Dustin Lynch Performs

The "Hell of a Night" singer warmed up the crowd with a high-energy set before tourmate Luke Bryan took the stage.

Randy Houser

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Randy Houser

Houser made his New York debut of new single, "We Went" during one of the last sets of the inaugural FarmBorough festival.

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Under Cover

Fans braved the rain almost all afternoon and evening on Saturday, to see acts including Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Worsham and Brandy Clark.

Striking Matches

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Striking Matches

The duo's Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis played tunes from their debut album, Nothing But the Silence, at FarmBorough.

Maddie and Tae

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Maddie and Tae Perform

In addition to crowd-pleaser "Girl in a Country Song," Maddie and Tae also covered artists ranging from Rihanna to Dolly Parton at FarmBorough.

Seth Alley

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Seth Alley

The Tennessee native treated fans to his upcoming debut album, then stuck around to watch headliner Luke Bryan from side stage.

Logan Mize

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Logan Mize

Mize threw a Tom Petty cover into the middle of a set that included several uptempo rousers such as "Can't Get Away From a Good Time."