Seether announce Rise Above Fest with Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd and Black Stone Cherry to perform
have announced the first ever which will be used to raise the awareness of teen suicide and how it can be prevented. The festival will take place on the 3rd September at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, N.H. and will feature headliners Seether with , , and .
The name of the festival is taken from the Seether song ‘Rise Above This,’ which was inspired by the suicide of Seether frontman Shaun Morgan’s brother. A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire.
Speaking to Billboard, Morgan states that “there won’t be a lot of preaching or shoving (the issue) down people’s throats,” though he hopes the event will inspire dialogue about something he feel is becoming “an epidemic.”
“Our drummer (Josh Humphrey), his wife works in the local church and in the span of a month or six weeks, three kids between the ages of 12 and 15 killed themselves,” Morgan says. “That’s insane. That kind of thing is happening, and something needs to be done. Something needs to be said and someone needs to tell kids there’s a better way to do things. And if we can just do a small part of that in our own way at one little festival in the middle of the forest, then I’ll be happy if we save some lives.”
“It sparks the kind of conversation I’m not very comfortable with,” Morgan acknowledges. “People know what (‘Rise Above This’) is about, I know what it’s about but that doesn’t mean I want to talk about it. But it’s definitely been a song people tell me has been uplifting and that they listen to in times of need. It’s helped them get through certain moments in their lives and it’s been a comfort and solace to them. That’s what it does for me, too, so the intention of the song worked. It’s definitely had a positive effect, but it can be quite heavy to deal with when you hear the stories.”
Tickets go on sale on the 8th June priced between $29.75-$64.50.