Sturgill Simpson, Neil Young, Alabama Shakes Among 2016 Farm Aid Headliners
Farm Aid's 2016 lineup will include performances by up-and-coming acts as well as returns from festival veterans — and, of course, appearances from Farm Aid founders Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson.
The festival's official site has the details of this year's event, which is scheduled for Sept. 17 in Bristow, Va., with ticket pre-sales set to start June 22 at noon ET. Pre-sale prices range from $49.50 to $189.50, with a four-ticket limit and a $50 service charge added for each transaction; visit the Farm Aid ticket page for more information.
In addition to Young, Mellencamp, and Nelson, the 2016 lineup boasts an acoustic set from board member Dave Matthews, who'll perform with longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds, and the show will be rounded out by appearances from Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (who will also back up Young during his set), and Carlene Carter.
"We’ve been fighting for family farmers for a long time, and that fight isn’t over," said Mellencamp in a statement. "At Farm Aid 2016, we’ll come together to stand up to the handful of corporations that control our food system. If you want a better world, it starts with you."
"Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown — they're hungry for the truth," added Nelson. "Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers."
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