After an absence of over 20 years, Farm Aid is set to make a comeback in central Indiana. The 2023 edition of the annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, September 23 at Noblesville's Ruoff Music Center. Tickets went on sale to the public July 15 on LiveNation.com.
Indiana has previously hosted two Farm Aid events: Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome in 1990 and Farm Aid 2001: A Concert for America shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The lineup for this year's event will include performances by Farm Aid Board Members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds), and Margo Price. Other notable acts include Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson, Allison Russell, The String Cheese Incident, and Particle Kid.)
Mellencamp, a co-founder of Farm Aid, expressed excitement about returning to Indiana, stating, "We are honored and excited to bring the Farm Aid experience back to Indiana. My home state holds deep meaning for me and for the generations of family farmers who have dedicated their lives to caring for the Earth and bringing us good food."
Tickets for the event will range from $75 to $315.
The festival aims to showcase the efforts of family farmers in combating climate change through sustainable farming practices. Nelson, the founder and president of Farm Aid, emphasized the importance of farmers' role in addressing challenges like climate change, stating, "Family farmers have the solutions to some of our toughest challenges...farming in ways that create more resilient farms to build healthy soils and protect our water."
In addition to the music performances, attendees can enjoy local flavors at Farm Aid's Homegrown Concessions, which will feature a fresh menu comprising ingredients produced by family farmers. The event will also provide hands-on exhibits focusing on soil, water, energy, food and farming.
Since its inception in 1985, Farm Aid has aimed to raise awareness about the struggles faced by family farms and has raised over $70 million to support and promote family farms and agriculture.