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On Friday (July 19), Dierks Bentley is heading into Michigan for a sleepover — a hillbilly sleepover, to be exact. And he couldn’t be happier. It’s the first time Bentley (or anyone) has played at the new Faster Horses festival — a three-day event in Brooklyn, Mich. — but he told me he’s looking forward to kicking off the event as the first night’s headliner. The main stage will be surrounded with a general admission crowd of about 20,000, but more importantly, nine campgrounds with sites averaging around 20 feet by 50 feet. Is country music that good — that you would spend all day and all night around it? Yes, according to Bentley. “I don’t think there’s really anything this or like country fans. They’re the only ones who do the camping out, really,” he said. “The music is a big part of that and the sense of community. It’s like a rite of passage. There will be American flags waving and people hanging out together who share the same values and a love of cold beer. It’s going to be fun as hell, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.” Bentley will not be sleeping over this time, but someday, he says he might. Faster Horses runs through Sunday night with artists like Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and more.