To date, Farm Aid has raised over $53 million to support family farmers and agriculture in America. The first Farm Aid concert was held in 1985 in Illinois with Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Don Henley and Johnny Cash taking the stage to promote the cause. Thirty-three years later, amazing musicians (many with country backgrounds) continue to headline this historic and iconic fest taking place in Connecticut for the first time this year.
"Family farmers are the backbone of our country," Willie Nelson stated. "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."
Willie Nelson, along with the other Farm Aid board members -- Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews (performing with Tim Reynolds) -- will play at this year's festival. They will be joined by other major acts like Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Particle Kid, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. In other words, country music fans should already be marking their calendars and possibly booking their plane flight out to Connecticut to catch this ridiculously fantastic lineup.
Farm Aid 2018 will be held in Hartford, Conn. at the XFINITY Theatre on September 22. Presale tickets ranging from $54.50 to $279.50 are available with a limit of four once a $50 presale pass is purchased starting at 10:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, June 26th through the Farm Aid website. The public on-sale date comes up Friday, June 29th through Live Nation. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $450 to $1750 for those who are looking to splurge on a good cause and great music.