Farm Aid is turning 30 this year, and to mark the anniversary, the festival will celebrate in its founding state of Illinois in Chicago’s FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Sept. 19. Longtime performers and board members, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthew will headline.
The lineup will also include Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show and Blackwood Quartet.
“We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis,” Nelson, who also serves as Farm Aid’s president and founder, said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people — farmers, eaters, advocates and activists — who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we’ll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead.”
Farm Aid’s inaugural show took place Sept. 22, 1985 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, and since then it’s raised $48 million for family farmers. Past performers include Phish, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses and the Allman Brothers.
Tickets for Farm Aid 30 go on sale Aug. 3 and more information can be found at FarmAid.org and the full lineup is below.
Willie Nelson & Family
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Old Crow Medicine Show
Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real
Insects vs. Robots