Impact Music Festival brings rock and metal heavyweights to Maine


In recent years music festivals like KahBang and Rise Above provided a good excuse for Bostonians to get in the car and drive up to Maine for a few days. This summer, the city of Bangor is again jumping into the music fest destination circuit — at an increasingly loud volume — as Waterfront Concerts and Music Matters unveiled the inaugural Impact Music Festival.

The fest is designed to support suicide prevention and raise mental health awareness — and the lineup is pretty solid.

Headlining the July 27 to 29 fest at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion are Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, and Rob Zombie, and also appearing are Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Prophets of Rage, Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity, Marilyn Manson, Underoath, and a bunch more.

“The team at Waterfront Concerts continues to be passionate about making an Impact within the community and beyond,” the fest organizers state. “We are committed to raising awareness about the suffering that results from suicide and mental health issues among our fans, friends, and family. A percentage of the proceeds from the festival will go to Music Matters, a Maine-based, nonprofit organization focused on mental health awareness, education and suicide prevention.”

Tickets go on sale Friday (March 9), and you can get details on pricing and plans here.

Check the full lineup below. Featured Manson photo by Eddy Leiva for Vanyaland, from his February 2016 appearance at the House of Blues in Boston.