NYC To Host Farm Aid

The Farm Aid benefit concert is planting itself in New York City later this year, organizers said June 11th.

The show will be held at Randalls Island on September 9th.

Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp made the announcement with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Union Square, which has a renowned fresh-produce market. The trio took a quick walk through one of the booths and munched snap peas for the cameras before holding a news conference about this year’s concert.

The lineup will include Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.

Farm Aid concerts have been raising money for farmers since 1985. The organization’s mission includes supporting family farms, changing the system of industrial agriculture, advocating fair prices and encouraging people to buy locally grown food that is organic and humanely produced.

It has raised more than $30 million since it began. Last year’s concert was in Camden, N.J., and the year before was in Chicago.

"We’re so happy that y’all have invited us, Farm Aid, to New York City," Nelson said. "More people eat probably around here than anywhere in the world."

Ticketmaster will begin selling tickets Saturday at 10 a.m.