Seether launching music festival to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Seether haven’t been around as long as many of the bands who have launched their own music festivals (ie. Pearl Jam and the Dave Matthews Band), but that’s not stopping the South African rockers from launching their very own music festival this summer. The trio has announced that they will headline a new fest, the Rise Above Fest, named after one of their most popular songs, “Rise Above This.” The festival is set for Sept. 3 in Gilford, N.H.
Seether have already enlisted an impressive list of opening bands for Rise Above Fest, to boot. Other groups included in the event’s lineup are Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry, Black Stone Cherry and Otherwise.
The festival is also for a good cause, as the money raised will go towards the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization in New Hampshire, which provides assistance to people of all ages influenced by mental illness or serious emotional disorders.
That charity hits close to home for Seether. Singer and songwriter Shaun Morgan, whose brother committed suicide five years ago, hopes that Rise Above Fest will result in raised awareness of the heartbreaking problem of teen suicide. “Over the past few months, the topic of suicide has received more attention than ever in the media,” Morgan said in an official statement. “For me personally, it is something I can never forget. I am starting 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.” (Photo credit: Anne Erickson.)
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