Alright, let's do this!

  • 30 YouTube videos that bands submitted are now posted in a YouTube playlist. Wanna help your buddies band get on stage this summer at the Rise Above Fest? Now's the time to vote! Not sure who the bands are but still want to cast a vote for your favorite one? Do it! Online voting by WCYY listeners, fans, friends and family is now open.
  • Along with fan votes, the selection process will also be overseen by a selected panel of judges made up of industry professionals and the event producers and partners.
  • Online voting will be open to the public starting May 2nd  through May 15th. You can vote once per day.
  • The 16 highest rated bands will be chosen to move on to the LIVE PERFORMANCE round which will take place between May & June at the Asylum in Portland, ME – exact dates and further instructions for the second round winners to come.

First Place Band:

OPENING SLOT on the MAIN STAGE: $700 in cash and 20 tickets to the Rise Above Festival. They will also receive access to catering & hospitality throughout the day (band members only – no crew)

Second Place Band:

OPENING SLOT on the B-STAGE: $300 in cash and 10 tickets to the Rise Above Festival. Also catering and hospitality throughout the day (band members only – no crew)




Shaun Morgan of Seether has chosen Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor over the past few years as the spot for his annual Rise Above Fest. A day and night of live music for hardcore rock and metal fans is subsequently and amazing fundraiser for suicide awareness. It raises money for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), one of the leading national not-for profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention in order to SAVE lives.

This year’s lineup is once again a solid one. Disturbed, Volbeat, Alter Bridge, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed and of course Seether. There are more bands as well and YOURS can be one of them!