Seether Announces Rise Above Fest Lineup -- Disturbed, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage and More: Exclusive
Seether has assembled another all-star lineup -- including main stage performers Disturbed, Volbeat, Alter Bridge and Beartooth -- for its fourth Rise Above Fest, which will raise money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention on Aug. 6 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine.
The second stage will host performances by Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans and I Prevail. Previous Rise Above Fest lineups have included Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Papa Roach, Hellyeah and others.
The festival began during 2012 and took its name from Seether's song "Rise Above This," which frontman Shaun Morgan wrote to his younger brother Eugene, who was also Seether's bass tech, eight years ago before he committed suicide. Last year's festival drew a crowd of more than 8,500 and raised nearly $60,000 for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), a Minnesota-based organization which is dedicated to heightening awareness and educating the public about mental health issues and suicide prevention. The three Rise Above Fests have so far raised a total of $110,000 for SAVE, and Morgan will be receiving the Artistic Expression Award next month in Las Vegas from the National Council for Behavioral Health.
"Each time we've done it it's been just a little bit bigger than the one before it and we've managed to raise a little more money, so I definitely think we're on a good trajectory with it," Seether bassist Dale Stewart tells Billboard. "It helps a lot that a lot of (bands) are very behind the cause. We've got a lot of friends that want to come and play and help out and get some money for this charity. I think a lot of people have been affected by suicide and mental illness. It's something people don't want to talk about, but I definitely think it's a lot closer to people's hearts than we all realize."
Disturbed's David Draiman, confirmed that, saying, "We're honored to participate in such an event, especially one that helps raise awareness and support for suicide prevention and mental illness."
With Seether taking time off to start writing its next album and only playing a limited selection of shows this year, Stewart says there was some consideration about not staging Rise Above Fest this year. "But we figured we should do it," he explains. "We don't want to break our track record. We skipped one year (2013) but I think from now on we're gonna make it a yearly thing, at least once a year get out there and get a bunch of guys together and do it up. I'm looking forward to it."
Tickets for this year's Rise Above Fest go on sale at noon EST on Friday, Feb. 12, with a variety of packages available. Those who purchased tickets to the 2015 festival online will receive a pre-sale code for this year's event. Information and updates about this year's festival will be posted at www.riseabovefest.com.
Seether will be playing a handful of dates during the year; the group is playing Rockfest on May 14 in Kansas City and Northern Invasion on May 15 in Somerset, Wis., and might add some other shows to the itinerary.