One21 Guide To Christian Music Festivals: August

So Summer time is is around the bend, and for music lovers that means one thing: Music Festivals! In the world of Christian music, summer festivals are a big deal, there are many artists who only play these once a year mega-events. For audience members, festivals are a great way to experience music that may have never come into focus until they saw it live. In our lives, mewithoutYou, La Dispute, Josh Garrels, Anathallo, Enter The Worship Circle, RedCloud, and Cool Hand Luke would never have hit our radar if we hadn’t wandered into a tent at Cornerstone Festival over the years. Even though we at One21 think Cornerstone is great, it is only one of the many around the country. Maybe you want to hit one, or tour them of all (we have met people who do), so we have put this little schedule together of all the Christian music festivals in 2009. You are welcome:

If you missed the last few posts,
View the Christian Music Festival guide for June 2009
View the Christian Music Festival guide for July 2009

Kingdom Bound (August 2-5)
Park Resort, NY
King Bound Fest is the extension of a ministry that was started about 20 years ago in New York. Two men wanted to use Christian music to reach the community and the event has grown into a three day festival with the heavy hitters in the contemporary Christian music scene rocking the stage to about 50,000 people. The event is outside, camping, Rv, and hotel accommodations are all spelled out on the website. There are three stages, the main stage for the big acts, a Park stage for what looks like the heavier music, and a worship stage for…well..worship.
Line-up Highlights:
Francesca Battistelli Francesca Battistelli
Salvador Salvador
Newsboys Newsboys
Downhere downhere
Israel Houghton Israel Houghton
Fireflight Fireflight
Pillar Pillar
Ilia Ilia
Red Red
Skillet Skillet
(it begins)

Rock The Desert 2009 (August 7-8)
Odessa, TX
So Rock The Desert has been around for ten years, and they are a two day event featuring an impressive line-up of heavy hitters, spanning from worship to rock to Hip-hop. They are also running a talent search for a chance to play one of their main stages, so if you are a band reading this, hit up the website, and maybe you can …rock the desert..
Line-up Highlights:
Chris Tomlin Chris Tomlin
Lecrae Lecrae
Disciple Disciple
Anberlin Anberlin
Stellar Kart Stellar Kart
tobyMac tobyMac
Breaking The Silence
Switchfoot Switchfoot
Kutless Kutless

New Song 09 (August 14th-16th)
Leitchfeild, KY
New Song is a two day event that is more geared towards church groups and youth groups. There is a still a lot of music, mainly rock and worship, but also a ton or speakers and Bible studies. This would be a great end-of-the-summer trip for any youth group. There is camping available, two stages, and a lot to do.
Line-up Highlights:
Skillet Skillet (yep)
Newsboys Newsboys
Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch
Kutless Kutless
Run Kid Run Run Kid Run
Group 1 Crew Group 1 Crew
Addison Road Addison Road
Remedy Drive Remedy Drive
Abandon Abandon
Chasen Chasen

Purple Door (August 14th-15th)
Lewisberry, PA
Purple Door is one of the more celebrated fests among the underground crowd. It boosts a pretty diverse line-up, going back and forth between the indie rock, to hip-hop, and a lot in between. There are speakers, but not the ones you would expect at this sort of festival, along with art shows and much more. I wanna go..
Line-up Highlights:
mewithoutYou Mewithoutyou
Bradley Hathaway Bradley Hathaway
Seabird Seabird
Lecrae Lecrae
Anberlin Anberlin
War Of Ages War of Ages
The Showdown The Showdown
House Of Heroes House of Heroes
Deas Veil
Becoming The Archetype Becoming the Archetype

Thats it guys. You should be pretty much ready for summer. Come back next week to see our coverage of Red Letter Rock Fest. See ya out there…

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