Seether‘s 5th Annual Rise Above Fest, which happens to be the largest suicide awareness event in the world, will be held this Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. Shaun Morgan has been very truthful in multiple interviews about the loss of his brother (Due to suicide in 2007), and has even received an award from the National Council for Behavior Health for his outpouring of support with his work in suicide prevention advocacy last year (2016). He founded the Rise Above Fest in 2012 to further those suicide prevention efforts. This year the festival will feature performers including Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm, Falling in Reverse, and many more. This year’s Rise Above Festival put on by Seether will be dedicated to Chester Bennington of Linkin Park & Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave as Morgan stated in a statement which can be read below.
Shaun Morgan said “Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking, It’s exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend – to build awareness for this mental disease. 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. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them.”
For more information on SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, visit SAVE.org.