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Announcements For Major Festival Lineups This Fall

Who says the country concert circuit slows down at the end of the summer?  Ok, well for the most part it does, but this year, a few of the largest festivals will be held in the fall.

The 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival takes place over the course of two nights, September 21 and 22, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  As was the case in its first year in 2011, the event will feature the top names in pop and rock music, and this year’s lineup includes the likes of Aerosmith, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and more. 

Country music will be well represented at iHeart this year as well, as four of the biggest names in the genre will grace the stage in Vegas, including Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Brad Paisley.  Aldean will perform on September 21 along with Lil Wayne and No Doubt (among others), while Paisley, Swift, and Lambert will perform the following day along with P!nk, Enrique Iglesias, and more.

Tickets for the iHeartRadio Music Festival go on sale July 14 at 1:00pm ET.  Ryan Seacrest will return to host the second-annual festival this year.

And just a couple weeks after iHeart, country stars will gather at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center for the second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival on October 5.  The event, in honor of the country music great, will donate proceeds to the restoration effort of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as support a scholarship fund established in Cash’s name.  Eventually, the family hopes to establish the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home as a museum.

The lineup has also been announced for the second annual event, headlined by Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, and The Civil Wars.  Tickets are priced at $150, $75, and $50, and are available now.  The highest price ticket also includes a pre-show meet-and-greet experience with the artists. 

And finally, the historic Farm Aid concert is headed for Hershey, PA this year on September 22, which is also the final day of the iHeartRadio Festival.  Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews will once again headline the event’s lineup, which also includes Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young and the Survivors, and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.

Farm Aid has raised over $40 for family farmers since the organization’s first concert in 1985.  Tickets for the show, which returns to Pennsylvania for the first time since 2002, go on sale this Friday, July 13.

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