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The 2018 Farm Aid Festival will take place at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, Sept 22. Farm Aid is a celebration of music and family farmers. Each year the festival location is different in order to get a picture of the challenges that local family farmers face in different areas of the country. There is a press conference prior to the concert with local farmers, the Farm Aid board, and the entertainers.

The festival starts at noon and usually ends at midnight. Here are some details about the festival that you may not know:

1. The lineup is always stellar 
The Farm Aid board is comprised of Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. These performers will always be performing at Farm Aid. If there were no additional performers, Farm Aid would be well worth the price of admission.

There is always a unique group of incredible performers who come to Farm Aid and donate their time, talent and resources for this worthy cause. This year is no exception. Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson lead the pack of entertainers. Kacey Musgraves and Margo Price will also be there performing songs from their critically acclaimed new albums. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will be making their third appearance at Farm Aid. They will be ready to raise the roof at the venue.

2. It supports a good cause
All proceeds go to family farmers who are in need. Farm Aid has been in existence since 1985 and has raised over $53 million to help U.S. family farmers thrive. Farmers fall prey to natural disasters among other travesties. Farm Aid is always there to support farmers that include giving financial aid.

3. Entertainers are always sure to surprise 
Farm Aid has mentioned in their lineup that there are more guests to be announced. Two years ago, Alison Krause joined Jamey Johnson on his set to give a tour de force performance. Grace Potter came on board a few years ago and performed with Willie and Kenny Chesney.  

Jamey Johnson and Ian Mellencamp were added to the lineup on Aug.16. We will keep this updated as more information is released.

4. You can win a VIP experience 
Tickets sold out within a few hours of going on sale, unfortunately. There are tickets being sold by third party vendors. However, the price of third party tickets have been jacked up and the extra proceeds do not go to Farm Aid.

You do have a chance to win VIP tickets to this year’s Farm Aid concert. Farm Aid is giving away a VIP trip to one lucky supporter. This is huge. The winner will get a pair of VIP tickets, a backstage tour, two-nights hotel accommodations, and $500 to help cover travel expenses.

Here’s what you need to do to be entered in the contest. Every $10 donation is an automatic donation into the contest. The more donations you make, the more chances you have to win. The contest ends on Aug. 24. Click here for more information and a link to enter the contest.

5. You can watch it at home, thanks to AXS TV
AXS TV will be televising the festival live in HD at 7 p.m. EDT, Sept. 22. To find AXS TV in your area, visit www.axs.tv.

If you do not have cable or satellite TV, Farm Aid 2018 will also be streaming live online at farmaid.org, from 3 p.m.-11 p.m., EDT. Willie Nelson will also be streaming the festival on his SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.

If you have a “smart TV,” Apple TV, Roku, or another streaming device, you can watch the webcast on Farm Aid’s YouTube channel (just click the video above or search for “Farm Aid” and you should see them streaming live). AXS TV televises “The Best of Farm Aid” at different times during the year. Check out www.axs.tv for the schedule.