Another Farm Aid concert will take place this year and surprisingly the venue is set in Randall's Island, New York. Announcing the news were board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Nelson told the press, "Farm Aid is coming to New York because your enthusiasm for family farm food is keeping family farmers on the land." Joining Nelson and Mellencamp on the September 9 gig are once again Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
Besides addressing the event, Nelson also announced that the concertgoers would be provided with 100 per cent homegrown food. The New York plan is also accompanied with a project to reduce the city's dependence on heating oil. By 2008, 30 per cent of the heating oil is required to contain 5 per cent of bio fuel and the percentage will grow up to 20 percent by 2012.
Farm Aid concert has been running since 1985 and had taken place in Lincoln, Nebraska, Seattle and Kentucky. It has raised over $30 million for local organizations to help family farms.
Meanwhile, Mellencamp is also set to perform for Fourth of July concert on the banks of Charles River with Boston Pops.