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Putting Recovery On The Map

08-06-18 | By

Macklemore Scheduled To Headline First Annual Recovery Fest

Above the Noise Foundation has recently established themselves as a prominent figure in the battle against the opioid epidemic. On Friday, the organization announced their first annual Recovery Fest to be hosted in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, hosted by non-other than the “Glorious” hit-maker, Macklemore.

Above The Noise Foundation is a New England-based non-profit that hosts drug-and-alcohol-free music festivals to “inspire, empower, and provide funding to U.S. cities battling the national addiction epidemic.” Partnering with the Patucket Red Sox, the event will take place at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, September 29 and be a completely drug and alcohol free event.

Along with the Seattle-based rapper Macklemore, the artist lineup will also feature Fitz and the Tantrums as well as New England natives, PVRIS and more.

Celebrating Recovery

As a public advocate of his own recovery, Macklemore released a video on Friday announcing the festival, noting that this cause hits close to home. The 35-year-old has been on the bumpy road to recovery since 2008, when he admitted into rehab for drug addiction and alcoholism himself. He then endured a relapse three years later, a slip that he makes known in his 2012 song “Starting Over,” and has since stayed sober.

“Recovery is something I’m very proud of, that I’m a part of the community, and I believe that it should be celebrated,” Macklemore said in a video he released on Friday. “It’s also about connecting with other addicts in the community, and that is why I am very proud to announce that I’m headlining the first-ever Above the Noise Recovery Fest.”

“This drug- and alcohol-free music festival isn’t just going to be a great event, it’s going to be a great safe space for community to come together and celebrate recovery,” he continued.

Recovery Fest Healing Through Music

Kristen Williams-Haseotes, who is the president and founder of Above the Noise Foundation explained the basis of the festival. “Nearly every person I know has been touched in some way by the opioid epidemic in America. Recovery Fest 2018 will allow those in recovery, their families, and those supporting them to stand together and celebrate recovery through the healing power of music.”

The president of the Pawtucket Red Sox additionally shared his sentiments.

“It’s an honor to partner with an organization that is making such a wonderful statement through the power of music,” Dr. Charles Steinberg noted. “Like baseball, music unites us, and we are pleased to be able to use our ballpark to bring together so many people from so many walks of life who share a desire to improve our community, and share a desire to enjoy the performance of Macklemore.”

Event Details

Proceeds from Recovery Fest will go to more than 75 recovery centers and non-profit organizations in the New England area. Tickets for the festival are available now here.

The festival will also feature a “matching ticket program” for individuals battling addiction who would like to attend but cannot afford the cost of a ticket. Interested parties can apply via the festival website as the foundation promises they will work to find a community member to cover the cost of a ticket.

General admission tickets are $59 each, while reserved green seats are $85. Tickets to stand on the field are $150, while VIP tickets near the stage in a pit area are at $250.

The concert is rain or shine and will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with gates opening at 4 p.m.

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