The third annual Rise Above Fest — a day long music festival featuring metal and hard rock bands, benefiting suicide prevention organization Suicide Awareness Voices of Education — is set for Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. Tickets for the spring concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, via Ticketmaster, in person at Mark’s Music in Brewer, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
The festival, a collaboration between Waterfront Concerts and the band Seether, will feature Seether as headliner for the second year in a row, along with New England hard rock band Godsmack, which is making its third appearance on the Bangor Waterfront. Also headlining the concert will be legendary guitarist Slash featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and rockers Papa Roach. The lineup is rounded out by All That Remains and the Butcher Babies.
The festival’s name is taken from the song, “Rise Above This,” which Seether front man Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother. His brother took his own life seven years ago before he ever got a chance to hear it and it was that experience that brought about the creation of Rise Above Fest. The inaugural event was held over Labor Day weekend 2012 in Gilford, NH and raised nearly $20k for the New Hampshire chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The 2014 festival was held in Bangor, ME and raised approximately $50k for SAVE. Past Rise Above Fest performers include Avenged Sevenfold, Hellyeah, Buckcherry, Devour the Day, Kyng, Puddle of Mudd, Black Stone Cherry and many more.
Rise Above Fest joins the previously announced 2015 Waterfront Concert featuring Nickelback, set for Aug. 19. More concert announcements will be coming in the next few weeks; check back with cultureshock.bangordailynews.com for all the latest updates.