Farm Aid 2018, Sold-Out, to Air on AXS TV, SiriusXM

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The annual Farm Aid music and food festival will come to Connecticut for the first time on Sept. 22 at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Conn. When tickets went on sale on June 29, they sold out almost immediately. (You can check to see if others become available here.)

Farm Aid 2018 will feature performances by 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, Particle Kid, Jamey Johnson and Ian Mellencamp.

On August 16, the organizers announced that AXS TV will air the concert for the fifth consecutive year. Coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET. Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, will broadcast live starting at 12 p.m. ET, including backstage interviews with family farmers, artists and more. (The Farm Aid webcast will begin at 3 p.m. here.)

This year, according to a press release, “The organization undertakes the planning of Farm Aid 2018 in an economic climate similar to the one that sparked the first Farm Aid concert. Net farm income has dropped 53 percent since 2013 and median farm income is expected to be -$1,316 in 2018. In New England alone, more than 10,000 family dairy farmers have gone out of business since 1970. Farmer stress is growing, and a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the suicide rate for people working in agriculture, fishing and forestry is nearly five times that of the general population.

Related: Our recap of Neil Young’s 2017 Farm Aid set

Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp. (Photo: Scott Streble via Farm Aid; used with permission)

“Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson says in the same release. “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.”

For event updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@FarmAid), Facebook (facebook.com/farmaid) and Instagram (instagram.com/farmaid), and visit farmaid.org/festival. Festivalgoers are encouraged to use the hashtags #FarmAid2018 and #Road2FarmAid to join the conversation on social media around this year’s festival.

Watch some stellar performances from the first Farm Aid in 1985

Farm Aid’s mission, according to the press release, is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $53 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Watch Neil Young + Promise of the Real perform “Cinnamon Girl” at Farm Aid 2017

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