Having raised more than $43 million in sales of Farm Aid tickets over the past 28 years, North America’s longest-running benefit concert will once again showcase the best in classic and contemporary Americana when it visits New York for only the second time in its history this fall.
First staged in front of 80,000 fans at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium in 1985, the one-day fundraiser was set up in the wake of Live Aid by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young in a bid to support those family farmers in danger of losing their livelihoods through mortgage debt.
Now six years after it last graced the Big Apple at Randall’s Stadium, the travelling event will return to the city at Saratoga Springs’ Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21.
If the rest of the as-yet-unconfirmed line-up is as impressive as the one which took to the stage at Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium last year, then fans with Farm Aid tickets can look forward to a feast of the best country, blues and roots-rock the States has to offer.
As alongside sets from the trio of legends and more recent board member Dave Matthews, all of whom have performed every single year since 2002, the 30,000-strong crowd also got to see the likes of Jack Johnson, Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Dale Watson and Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real.
Just over 200 Farm Aid tickets are currently available on TicketIQ with prices averaging $417, with some available for as low as $139/seat. But be sure to keep checking back for updates as more tickets become available to one of the most socially and environmentally-conscious gigs on the US musical calendar.
(UPDATE 7/1) Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Amos Lee and Bahamas have been added to the Farm Aid lineup.
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