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Neil Young has never held his tongue when it comes to railing against factory farms and the corporate food industry. At the 33rd Farm Aid on Saturday in Hartford, Connecticut, Young’s impassioned appeals toward activism and policy change interlaced with his nonchalant stage style and relentless sense of humor made him a highlight of the festival.

Between easy old familiars like “Field of Opportunity” and “Heart of Gold,” Young sandwiched his repeated question, “What’re ya gonna do when ya see a farmers market?” with colorful follow-ups like, “Go in and buy something and stay away from those Dollar stores.” Protest songs “Ohio” and “Children of Destiny” were powerfully juxtaposed with set closer “Love and Only Love,” whose final words, “Spirit come back to me / give me strength and set me free,” were sung in unison by all the band members and unfurled into the most compelling instrumental breakdown and performance of the festival.

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But the high point was a marvelous performance of “Powderfinger.” With Lukas and Micah Nelson’s Promise of the Real backing him up, Young blasted off a firecracker of a guitar solo that musically framed the song’s brilliant final phrase.

“When you see a farmers market, just stop and go in and get to know them and buy something. Buy something good. Don’t buy the shit you get at Safeway. Buy something that’s really safe … All the crap you get in these big stores is not good. It’s got a lot of chemicals in it and it kills the earth,” Young elaborated. His message, while humorous, was also dire, a call for action that has become customary for the food-focused Farm Aid, which this year stressed a far more urgent situation.

Young, a Canadian citizen who cannot vote in U.S. elections, also took aim at President Trump in a pre-show press conference. “Whoever you vote for, I respect you for voting. I’m a Canadian, I can’t vote,” he said. “I’ve been called a lot of things by this dickhead in the White House, but I am a Canadian, and I love America. There’s nothing here that needs to be made ‘great again.’”

Family farmers are currently experiencing the worst economic downturn since the 1980s, with their incomes slashed by more than 50 percent since 2013 largely due to an unfair, corporate-dominated marketplace, which is horribly constructed in the current House Farm Bill. With an expiration date of September 30th quickly approaching, there is an opportunity to change the legislation and help restore and protect an independent family farm system of agriculture. The Farm Aid organization works year-round to advocate for this, posting an easy-to-use resource for everyone to contact their state representatives about specific changes that need to be made before the next Farm Bill vote.

Here’s the Farm Aid 2018 lineup schedule:


Neil Young & Promise of the Real perform Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s “Powderfinger” at Farm Aid 2018 at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, on September 22. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

Desert rockers,
DESERTFEST BERLIN is more than proud to welcome the one & only, legendary J Mascis who will crash the Arena Berlin with his band mates in stoner metal icons WITCH! Formed in 2005 by Dinosaur Jr. guitarist Mascis, in WITCH the distinctive pioneer of rock music goes back to his roots and takes over the drums. The band’s eponymus self-titled debut has been released in 2006, followed by the highly accclaimed ‘Paralyzed’ album back in 2008. We could not be prouder to welcome this unique cult band to our 2019-edition!

Rumors have been going on for a while, and yes they became true: ALL THEM WITCHES will be playing DESERTFEST BERLIN 2019! This rare gig the legendary rockers from Nashville will play in Berlin, will truly belong to one of THE live highlights in the history of DESERTFEST BERLIN and yours, too. With their heavy blues and psychedelic desert rock, ALL THEM WITCHES will literally put the Arena on Fire, don’t miss one of their only shows in Europe live at DESERTFEST BERLIN 2019!

But we got way more sweet acts to be unveiled today and in this first band announcement every stoner rocker’s heart will beat faster for: Please welcome psychedelic rockers EARTHLESS to the 8th edition of DESERTFEST BERLIN! With their extensive jams, the Californian multi-instrumentalists will turn the Arena into a psychedelic wonderland, join them for a long ride on their unique classic rock and jazzy Krautrock trips!

Another exciting band we like to unveil today: COLOUR HAZE will celebrate their 25th band anniversary live at DESERTFEST BERLIN! They belong to the oldest psychedelic institution and became the flagship of the German heavy stoner scene, the more we are stoked to welcome them to our next year’s line-up. With an additional keyboarder, COLOUR HAZE will take us on a magic sound landscape drown in the haze and true rock spirit. Let’s celebrate 25 years of the legendary COLOUR HAZE together with the band, live at DESERTFEST BERLIN 2019!

To close this first round of already stunning bands, we have added Swedish hardrockers HÄLLAS to our 2019-bill! Describing themselves as Adventure Rock, we cannot wait to join them on a live adventure noone of us will forget. Last but not least, ladies and gentlemen let’s start a Riot: With a delicate and true LO-FI sound, inspired by bands such as L7, Bikini Kill, The Melvins, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. or Sonic Youth, the ladies in 24/7 DIVA HEAVEN will bring their pure blend of Hard Rock, Grunge and Punk Rock which is all bounded by the legendary Riot Grrrl sound to our stage in 2019, be prepared!DESERTFEST BERLIN 2019 will take place between May 3th – 5th 2019, once again at the ARENA BERLIN. We listened to the critics and discuss together how to improve the 2019 edition: we will have a new sound-and payment-system on the ground, more space AND a chillout – and live zone on a boat, and more… With this already stunning line-up DESERTFEST BERLIN 2019 will mark the best edition you have ever been to!

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What if the magic of 1999’s Bowlie Weekender was recreated 20 years on with 2,500 like-minded music fans, dozens of your favourite bands, and us, on an exciting and once in a lifetime cruise holiday through the Mediterranean?

  • Two unique sets from Belle & Sebastian
  • An intimate conversation with Belle & Sebastian
  • Activities with band members
  • Dozens of performances by other favorite artists
  • Round trip cruise from Barcelona to Cagliari with two sea days full of music

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