On 8th April 1994 Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington. Under further investigation it was concluded that he had died by suicide 3 days prior.
Cobain was best known for being the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana, but he was also just a man, a friend, a husband and a father. In the UK suicide is now the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, making it very clear that although Cobain’s life was very different to the average man’s, his tragic death was not.
This weekend is the 25th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, and in honour of this Compton Vaults are putting on a one off mini-festival in aid of new charity, Reach IOM. The festival has 6 acts booked; Post War Stories, Chris Flood, Post Code, Slow Decay, Man In The Woods and Gyp Buggane, with all ticket sales will go towards the charity. The Secret Pizza Company will also be there, providing nourishment to rock fans with a portion of every pizza sale being donated towards the cause. Described as “a day of heavy, pure beautiful music in order to raise awareness for mental health”, it really doesn’t sound like there is any better way to honour Cobain’s memory.
Heavy Mental Health is the brainchild of Compton Vaults owner Juan Christian, and the cause is very meaningful for his own personal reasons; having lost important people in his life to suicide and struggled with depression himself. Through the festival, he is combining his love of Rock Music with his desire to help fight the stigma surrounding mental health, and he saw no better time to host this than on the anniversary of rock-legend and personal hero Cobain’s death.
The deaths of such music icons have been further pushed mental health into the public sphere, most recently with the death of prodigy-frontman and TT lover Keith Flint. Idolised by fans, it is easy to forget that these musical legends are still just people, with their own worries and problems.
Although mental health is a hot topic of discussion right now, there is still a lot of work to be done to further break down barriers, and help people to share their problems. So please, embrace your inner-Cobain, iron your finest Nirvana-tee and get down to Compton Vaults this Sunday for a Rock Show with a heartfelt message.