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Bid on chance to win Willie Nelson Media Photo Pit Access and VIP Tickets to Sold-Out Farm Aid 2018 (Auction ends July 31)

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Willie Nelson Media Photo Pit Access and VIP Tickets to Sold-Out Farm Aid 2018: In Hartford, Connecticut (1)

 

Get an extraordinary Farm Aid 2018 experience from the media photo pit with the American icon at this annual music festival organized to support America’s family farms.

Current Bid: US$1,500

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The Experience

Farm Aid 2018 offers a day of extraordinary music by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, along with Chris Stapleton, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, and more on September 22 at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT!  Farm Aid 2018 is an all-day festival of HOMEGROWN Food from family farmers and a HOMEGROWN Village of hands-on activities that celebrate the culture of agriculture.

IfOnly is giving you access to this sold-out event & inviting you to enjoy Willie Nelson’s set with an exclusive, close up experience from the photo pit, an area usually reserved for media and photographers. While the up-close view of one of music’s most charismatic performers might be considered worth the price of entry alone, this package offers so much more, including seats in the first 12 rows for the entire festival day and entrance to a VIP lounge with HOMEGROWN catering and access to private restrooms. This music experience with Willie and his friends benefits Farm Aid, an organization dedicated to keeping family farmers on the land.

Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford, CT (9/22/2018)

Friday, July 20th, 2018

“Willie sets the example” — David Amram

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

“Staying true to our core values, we’re standing right here with family farmers.” — Willie Nelson

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler (Farm Aid 25, Miller Park, Milwaukee) (10/2/2010)

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Throwback to Farm Aid's 25th anniversary at @millerpark in Milwaukee when very special surprise guest #StevenTyler joined @willienelsonofficial on stage! #tbt

Steven Tyler was a surprise guest at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee in 2010.

Farm Aid: A Song for America

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford, CT (9/22/2018)

Friday, July 13th, 2018

www.FarmAid.org

Farm Aid 2018 in Hartsford, CT (September 22, 2018)

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Farm Aid II

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Farm Aid 2018 SOLD OUT — but there’s a way you can still get tix

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Willie Nelson’s 33rd Annual Farm Aid Concert in Hartford

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

www.Billboard.com

The annual benefit takes place Sept. 22 amid a new family farm crisis. Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price and Nathaniel Rateliff also join Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.

With farmers in New England and other regions facing a deepening financial crisis, Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid organization announced Monday (June 25) that the annual benefit for family farmers will play Connecticut for the first time on Sept. 22 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford — and Chris Stapleton will join Farm Aid’s all-star lineup for the first time.

Chris Stapleton — who won Grammy Awards in February for best country album (From a Room: Volume 1), best country solo performance (“Either Way”) and best country song (“Broken Halos”) — will share the Hartford bill with returning Farm Aid performers Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Particle Kid will also perform and other acts will be announced.

This year’s performers will join Farm Aid’s guiding foursome of Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, who will perform an acoustic set with Tim Reynolds. Matthews has been on tour this summer with the Dave Matthews Band behind the group’s latest album, Come Tomorrow, which debuted at No. 1 this month on the Billboard 200.

Neil Young performs during  2017 Farm Aid on Sept. 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Penn.

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Neil Young at Farm Aid: ‘America is Already Great’

Tickets for Farm Aid 2018 will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET through Live Nation and by phone at at (800) 745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday at farmaid.org/festival.

Now in its 33rd year, Farm Aid is the longest-running concert for a cause in pop music history. Mellencamp was once challenged by someone who asked: “Are you guys still doing that?” He retorted: “Are you still eating?”

Farm Aid, through its annual concerts, has raised more than $53 million for grants to help family farmers and to advocate on their behalf. Across more than three decades, led by Nelson, Farm Aid has sought to to fight corporate control of America’s farmland, shape national farming policy, and promote the Good Food Movement.

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How Willie Nelson Created Music’s Longest Running Concert For A Cause

But as Farm Aid 2018 approaches, the economic circumstances for family farmers are similar to the conditions that led Nelson to stage the first benefit in 1985. Net farm income has dropped 53 percent since 2013 and median farm income is likely to run $1,316 in the red in 2018, according to studies cited by Farm Aid.

“Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” said Nelson 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.”

Farm Aid co-founder Neil Young adds: “Good food and good farms.  That’s why we’re here.  We really do care.”

Connecticut is home to 6,000 farms and agriculture contributes up to $4 billion to the state’s economy, while farming and food production generate 21,000 jobs in the state annually. Hartford County, where this year’s concert will take place, represents a rare bright spot in the country, gaining more than 100 farms since 2007.

But dairy farmers in Connecticut, like their counterparts elsewhere, are suffering the economic impact of four years of dropping milk prices. (Margo Price, whose 2016 debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter was inspired by the loss of her family’s farm, expertly weighed in on milk pricing during a Farm Aid workshop at the 2017 concert.)

After a dairy farmer in New York State took his life in January, The New York Times reported, “Agri-Mark, a large cooperative that bought milk from the farmer, sent its 550 members in the state a list of suicide and mental health hotlines — along with the news that milk prices would drop even lower this year.”

Farm Aid supporters tour Braddock Farms

In the face of ongoing struggle for family farmers, Farm Aid each year serves as an annual gathering of activists focused on food issues, environmentalism and social-justice battles. Many farmers and activists travel to the event to network, share strategies, listen to the music and eat family farm food on a menu that Farm Aid has trademarked “Homegrown Concessions.” With composting practiced backstage and promoted to the audience, the concert aims for zero waste.

To expand its fundraising reach, Farm Aid has again partnered with IfOnly to offer one-of-a-kind fan experiences at Farm Aid 2018. Among the items offered this year are: a behind-the-scenes backstage tour, plus deluxe amenities and tickets within the first eight rows; photo pit packages for Nelson, Young, Mellencamp, Matthews, Simpson and Rateliff & the Nightsweats, along with VIP amenities and tickets; premium seats in the first two rows for the pre-show press event attended by Farm Aid’s four board members; a custom Epiphone guitar signed by Nelson; and retro Farm Aid T-shirts, signed by Nelson and Matthews. People can purchase and bid on these special offerings starting June 25 at ifonly.com/FarmAid.

Farm Aid’s support of family farmers extends to its policy of accepting sponsorship only from companies that share its mission. It is supported by partnerships with Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Patagonia Workwear, New Belgium Brewery, Horizon Organic and Pete and Gerry’s Organic.

Farm Aid will be posting updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and festivalgoers are encouraged to use the hashtags #FarmAid2018 and #Road2FarmAid to post festival discussions on social media.

Farm Aid 2018 heads to Hartford (September 22, 2018)

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

WFSB 3 Connecticut

By Rob Polansky

Farm Aid will be in Connecticut for the First time, September 22, 2018

Monday, June 25th, 2018

www.nbcconnecticult.com
by:  Heather Kiser

Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival is coming to Connecticut for the first time.

The festival featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton and more will be at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon.  Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

>The event also features Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Particle Kid.

More acts will be announced.

Nelson, Mellencamp and Young started Farm Aid in 1985.

“Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson said 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.”

Reserved tickets are $279.50, $179.50 or $109.50, while lawn tickets are $54.50.

You can buy them at LiveNation.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 26, at farmaid.org/festival.

Farm Aid 2018 in Hartford, CT (September 22, 2018)

Monday, June 25th, 2018

This year’s Farm Aid festival will be in Hartford, CT, on Saturday, Sept. 22! We hope you’ll join us at XFINITY Theatre for a full day of incredible music, HOMEGROWN Concessions® featuring family farm food, hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village and, of course, family farmers.

The festival lineup will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.

Click here for all the Farm Aid 2018 Details

Ticket Presale Starts Tomorrow

Our ticket presale gives you access to the best seats in the house – before the tickets go on sale to the public. The Farm Aid presale starts tomorrow, Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. EDT.

  • Willie Nelson
  • Neil Young
  • John Mellencamp
  • Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Margo Price
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Particle Kid

What you need to know about Farm Aid 2018: