Inaugural 320 Festival Moves Online

320 Festival, the mental-health awareness festival created by Kevin Lyman and Talinda Bennington, is still happening, but now it’s going to be online.

Originally scheduled to take place across the L.A. Live complex in Los Angeles May 8th – 10th, the event will move to an online platform with the help of KNEKT-TV to bring the event to those who are quarantined in their homes. The event will air on the same date via Facebook Live, YouTube Live, the KNEKT.TV network on Roku and Apple TV to take part in educational sessions, musical performances, workshops and more. The virtual event is free and open for all to join and participate.

“The idea for 320 was born out of my personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction,” shares Talinda Bennington, who created the 320 Changes Direction organization in honor of her late husband, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

“For 13 years I watched my husband Chester struggle with depression and substance use. I often felt scared and alone. I was uneducated about the challenges he faced and I wanted information – but finding answers to my questions and available help for our family was very difficult,” says Bennington. “We need to change the culture of mental health so that those in need – and their family members – are able to speak openly about their struggles so that they can seek the care they deserve.”

Along with non-profit partners who will be on hand to discuss mental health, the festival will include live performances from Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld, Lindsey Stirling, Everclear’s Art Alexakis, Social House, Bruce Wiegner, Dylan Dunlap, Elohim, Evaride, Frank Zummo of Sum 41, Gnash, Holy Wars, Moontower, Rouxx and more.

For more information on 320 Festival, visit the event website.

 

 

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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