The Rise Above Fest was founded in 2012 by Seether to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. The festival’s name derives from Seether’s hit song “Rise Above This.” Seether frontman Shaun Morgan explains, “I lost my brother 8 years ago to suicide and it never gets easier. This whole festival came about as a dedication to him. I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career.”
Rise Above Fest, partnered with SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education), DW Presents, and Waterfront Concerts, returns to The Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion with this year’s headliners Disturbed, Volbeat, Seether & Alter Bridge on August 6th, 2016 in Bangor, Maine. Past headliners include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & more.
In 2015, there were 8,500 attendees and the festival raised $50k for SAVE. To date, the Rise Above Fest has raised over $110k for suicide prevention and is on target to double that this year.
In the US, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death (World Health Organization). SAVE’s mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide. SAVE strives to eradicate suicide and use their funding to educate nearly 14,000 people every year through various events and programs set up across the country.