Farm Aid to Return in 2021 With Another Stellar Lineup

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Farm Aid’s annual festival — a full day of music, family farmers, homegrown food and a homegrown Village with agrarian experiences — is returning to Hartford, Conn., live and in-person on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Xfinity Theatre. Tickets for Farm Aid 2021 go on sale to the public on Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. ET here.

After hosting a virtual festival in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Farm Aid 2021 will reunite family farmers and musician activists, with performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson & Family, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and Margo Price, as well as Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bettye LaVette, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Allison Russell, Particle Kid, and Ian Mellencamp.

“The experience of the past 18 months has reminded us how much we need each other,” said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson, in the July 20 announcement. “I’m so glad that music is bringing us all back together at Farm Aid 2021 to celebrate family farmers. When we combine music, family farmers and good food, we have the power to grow the kind of agriculture that strengthens all of us.”

Watch Willie Nelson & Family perform at Farm Aid 2018, also in Hartford

From the announcement: Hartford festival attendees will experience the abundance of family farm agriculture firsthand via homegrown Concessions® featuring a diverse, fresh menu with ingredients that are produced by family farmers, using ecological practices, with a fair price paid to the farmers. In addition, Farm Aid’s homegrown Village features hands-on activities designed to engage festivalgoers in learning about soil, water, energy, food and farming. Festivalgoers can hear farmers and artists educate and inspire on the FarmYard Stage and learn agrarian skills and celebrate the cultures of agriculture in the homegrown skills tent.

“Live performances by artists who are passionate about agriculture and good food are the deep roots that sustain Farm Aid’s year-round work for family farmers,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “We’re thrilled that Hartford is welcoming Farm Aid back again after our successful 2018 event. We’re grateful to the management and staff at Xfinity Theatre for working hand-in-hand with us to ensure the safety of our artists, crew, volunteers, farmers and fans.”

Watch Neil Young and Promise of the Real perform “Ohio” at Farm Aid 2018

Venue and Farm Aid staff are following the latest CDC guidance and industry best practices related to limiting the transmission of COVID-19, including various precautions across the operation. Farm Aid will continue to monitor the situation closely and update protocols as warranted leading up to Sept. 25.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. ET. Ticket prices range from $65 to $305 and will be available for purchase here. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. ET today (Tuesday, July 20), at farmaid.org/festival.

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