The annual Farm Aid benefit concert organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, will return for its 33rd year this coming September when it takes place in Connecticut for the first time since the event was launched back in 1985. The details for this year’s Farm Aid were revealed on Monday morning, which is set to take place at Hartford’s Xfinity Theatre on Sept. 22, and will feature performances from Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Kacey Musgraves, just to name a few.
Willie Nelson, Mellencamp and Young will, of course, help to headline their one-day music event, which was created to help raise money for family farmers in America after the three iconic guitarists saw the impact that Live Aid had on healthcare awareness following its successful international concert(s) event in 1985. Artists who were also included in Monday’s first wave announcement of performers for this year’s event are Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and Particle Kid. More artists are expected to be announced closer to September.
“Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” Farm Aid President Willie Nelson said about this year’s lineup and Northeast U.S. location in a statement. “But today, they are endangered. Whether we live in cities like Hartford or the rural areas of New England, each of us has the power to create positive, lasting change in our farm and food system and strengthen farm families to help them stay on the land for generations to come.”
Speaking of Nelson, the veteran singer and guitarist continues to let his performances and tireless work ethic inspire his country colleagues as his North American summer concert plans continue to roll along right into fall. Nelson is set to team up with Van Morrison in Queens, New York this fall with a co-headlining show at Forest Hills Stadium on Sept. 12. Tickets for the show, in addition to select gigs on his own headlining tour, are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.