Today, May 8th through Sunday May 10th, 320 Festival will kick off featuring mental health awareness through online seminars, interviews, and artist performances.
The festival was created by longtime Ernie Ball friend and partner, Kevin Lyman (founder of Vans Warped Tour), alongside 320 Changes Directions co-founder Talinda Bennington. Partnering with over 40 non-profits including our friends at MusiCares, the Keep A Breast Foundation. After her husband, Linkin Park vocalist, Chester Bennington took his own life, Bennington decided she wanted to help people who struggle with mental health.
Many of you know, I watched my late husband Chester suffer from mental illness and addiction. Tragically, in 2017, we lost him to suicide. Ever since then, I have felt compelled to help those struggling with their mental health to normalize the conversations surrounding it and educate people on how to cope.Talinda Bennington, KNEKT
With performances from artists including Ernie Ball members Sum 41, Andy Frasco, Everclear, Badflower, Brian Marquis, and Grandson. You can check out the entire schedule here.
Make sure to tune in on Sunday at 4:00PM PST to catch the Ernie Ball sponsored ‘Being an Activist and a Creative: How to Channel Both of Your Passions to Impact Your Community’, the panelists include Ernie Ball friend and photographer, Ashley Osborne and Ernie Ball artist Grandson, plus Ernie Ball partners at the Keep A Breast Foundation.
I have witnessed so many people and have known so many people that are sometimes suffering in silence. We are a microcosm of society. There are a lot of people suffering but the stigma is coming off of it in a way. People are willing to talk about it.Kevin Lyman to Billboard
Additional special appearances will include other members of Ernie Ball artists like Guns N Roses, Frank Turner, Beartooth, Mayday Parade, Sylar, Everytime I Die, Yungblud and more.
Make sure to tune in to this awesome event. For more information, the schedule, and line up, and how to tune in head to the 320 Festival website!