Jack White, Willie Nelson, Neil Young are just three of the star names aiming to both promote and raise money for family farmers later this year with the release of 2014 Farm Aid tickets for the annual food and music festival.
Heading to North Carolina for the first time in its 29-year history, the charity event will take place on September 13 at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater where audiences can enjoy sets from the organization’s President Nelson and board members Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews as well as a debut appearance from the former White Stripes frontman.
Inspired by Bob Dylan’s comments about struggling family farmers at Live Aid back in 1985, the charity event was first staged at Champaign’s Memorial Stadium in the same year and has since gone onto raise over $45 million for the farming cause.
Staged at Saratoga Springs’ Performing Arts Center, over 30,000 Farm Aid tickets were sold for last year’s festival, which featured the likes of Pete Seeger in his final live performance, Amos Lee, Jack Johnson and Kacey Musgraves as well as the usual suspects.
This year’s line-up, which also includes Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors and Insects vs Robots, is expected to attract a similar number of festivalgoers when Farm Aid tickets go on sale later this week.
Alongside the impressive array of performers, those with Farm Aid tickets can also visit the Homegrown Village where they will be able to sample food, engage in hands-on activities, meet local farmers and learn about cultivating land.
Fans also have a rare opportunity to experience a VIP Backstage Tour and access to an exclusive press conference through these reasonable packages. Both experiences include a premium seat to the Farm Aid concert, VIP hospitality, and private bathrooms.