Photo by Alfred Nitsch

Photo by Alfred Nitsch

Seether have held their Rise Above Fest, an annual event that raises money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention, for the past three years and are returning with a bold lineup for 2016. The August 6 festival will take place at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine, and currently features are roster that includes the likes of Disturbed, Volbeat, Alter Bridge and Killswitch Engage.

The festival, which takes it’s name from Seether’s song “Rise Above This,” has been gradually gaining momentum over the years; that same build up has recently been recognized by Seether bassist Dale Stewart, who told The Pulse of Radio that the members of Seether have been encouraged by both fans and artists alike to hold the annual event.

“Each time we’ve done it, it’s been just a little bit bigger than the one before and we’ve managed to raise a little bit more money, so I definitely think we’re on a good sort of trajectory with it,” said Stewart. “It also helps a lot that a lot of guys are very behind the cause and, you know, want to come and play and help out and get some money for this charity. So it’s been just a good sort of team effort kind of thing.”

The Rise Above Fest raises money for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), one of the leading national not-for profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention in order to save lives. “The Rise Above Fest has become the musical voice for our nation that mental health and suicide prevention are important to everyone,” recognizes Dr. Dan Reidenberg, executive director of SAVE. “SAVE is grateful to Seether’s inspiration to make a difference in the world and to all of the bands who are helping spread the message that for those struggling with emotional pain and suicidal thoughts, you too can rise above this.”

Rise Above Fest 2016 Festival Lineup:

Main Stage:

Disturbed
Volbeat
Seether
Alter Bridge
Beartooth

Stage 2:

Killswitch Engage
Hatebreed
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
I Prevail

 

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