Dave Matthews at Farm Aid 2017 (Photo by Sabine Carey)
Dave Matthews at Farm Aid 2017 (Photo © Sabine Carey)

Blog | August 20, 2021

Announcement on Farm Aid 2021 Lineup and COVID Safety Requirements

Farm Aid 2021 is only a little over a month away and we look forward to celebrating family farmers in person! Please read below for a couple of important updates on this year’s festival.

Lineup Update

Neil Young will not appear at Farm Aid 2021 due to COVID concerns. See the updated lineup below, or visit our lineup page for more information and links.

Farm Aid 2021 Lineup

New COVID Safety Requirements

Venue and Farm Aid staff are staying up-to-date on the latest CDC guidance and industry best practices to limit the transmission of COVID-19. We are taking various precautions, including seeking advice from public health experts, enhanced sanitation protocols and streamlining operations to prevent unnecessary crowding.

To ensure the safety and well-being of festivalgoers and artists, Farm Aid is announcing new safety protocols for EVERYONE attending Farm Aid 2021.

All attendees of Farm Aid 2021 will be required to show proof of full vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to entering Xfinity Theatre. Date and time-stamped nose swab PCR tests or rapid antigen tests are both acceptable.

The requirement of proof of a negative test within 48 hours of entry includes unvaccinated fans under 12 years of age. These regulations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed entry to the event and to any users of the tickets purchased by you.

Please bring printed proof of full vaccination (at least two weeks after final dose) OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. A printed copy of your vaccination or test results will streamline the verification process at the gate. Your original vaccination card or a paper copy of the vaccination card/test results are acceptable.

Additionally, Farm Aid encourages all guests to wear a mask for the duration of the event. For those areas of the venue that are indoors, please note the City of Hartford currently mandates that masks must be worn indoors.

Please visit our COVID Safety page for the latest information on our policies.


If you bought tickets for Farm Aid 2021 through Ticketmaster or the Farm Aid presale (via Ticketstoday), you should already have received an email directly from the outlet where you purchased your tickets with how you can request a refund.

Farm Aid Health Pledge

Keeping the Farm Aid community safe during our festival is our top priority. We ask that you not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days before attending the festival you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the festival, you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

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