Seether has announced the details of its second Rise Above festival, which follows the 2012 inaugural edition and will now take place in Bangor, Maine. The May 10th event will feature Seether and co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold, along with Motorhead, Hellyeah, Trivium, Kyng, Devour The Day, Black Stone Cherry and others. The event will raise money and awareness for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education).
Although the festival was not held last year, Seether frontman Shaun Morgan told us he wanted to bring it back: [“I was pretty adamant from the start that I wanted to do it annually, but then, through different circumstances, we couldn’t get it together last year. But I think that what we’ve now found is we’ve found a venue that’s great and we’ve, you know, we’ve got the great lineup with Avenged Sevenfold obviously, Motorhead, Hellyeah, a couple of other bands. The first one we did was sort of, was slapped together quite quickly — it only took us about a month to organize it, and I think this time there’s a lot more thought being put into it.”]
- The festival is named after Seether’s 2008 song “Rise Above This.” Morgan wrote the track for his brother, who committed suicide after a long battle with depression.
- The first festival, which was held over Labor Day weekend in 2012 in Gilford, New Hampshire, raised nearly $20,000 through ticket sales, an auction and limited edition T-shirt.
- Tickets for the 2014 Rise Above Festival go on sale Friday (January 31st).
- Morgan told Billboard, “The fact that so many people supported our first event, along with all of those who have shared how we helped get them through their own tough times, makes us want to continue reaching out and educating people. No one is alone and no one should ever feel that way.”
- Seether is nearly finished recording its fifth album, which will follow up 2011’s Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray. Morgan said that the disc is shaping up as “a little heavier than we’ve done before, but by the same token it’s a little more poppy, so it’s this bizarre combination.”