One21 Guide To Christian Music Festivals:June

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:

Red Letter Fest (June5th-6th):
Snyder TX
We are actually going to be covering this one. It takes place in Snyder Texas with over a day and a half of every type of rock you could want. It all goes down on one stage, and we will be right in the middle of it. This year’s fest even features a special acoustic performance by some of the former members of Audio Adrenaline.
Website: myspace.com/redletterrockfest
Line-up highlights:
Norma Jean Norma Jean
Family Force 5 Family Force 5
Audio Adrenaline Audio Adrenaline
Spoken Spoken
Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster Maylene & The Sons of Disaster
Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson
Red Red
Children 18:3 Children 18:3
Decyfer Down Decyfer Down
White Collar Sideshow
White Collar Sideshow

Ichthus Music Fest (June 10th-13th):
Wilmore KY
Ichthus is a ministry that puts on a huge outdoor festival every year. Many of testimonials talk about a strong emphasis on ministry, making the Fest perfect for youth groups and large church groups. It features a wide array of music styles, speakers, two stages (one main and a small side stage), and prayer tents.
Website: ichthusfestival.org
Line-up highlights:
Delirious? (last Kentucky show ever- but never say never) Delirious?
Skillet Skillet
Project 86 Project 86
Kutless Kutless
Fireflight Fireflight
Grits Grits
Derek Webb Derek Webb
The Showdown The Showdown
Becoming The Archetype Becoming the Archetype
John Reuben
John Reuben

Atlanta Fest (June17th-20th):
Stone Mountain Park, GA
Atlanta Fest is the biggest fest so far, with three and a half days of music, speakers, and seminars across over 5 stages every day. Camping is available, and their website contains info on other arrangements. This fest is extremely family friendly, with activities for kids, seminars for adults, and of course music all day. Cant beat Georgia that time of the year either.
Website: atlantafest.com
Line-up Highlights:
Casting Crowns Casting Crowns
Skillet
(I swear they are doing a festival tour) Skillet
Fireflight Fireflight
Brandon Heath Brandon Heath
Natalie Grant Natalie Grant
KJ-52 KJ-52
The Afters The Afters
Run Kid Run Run Kid Run
Kristian Stanfill Kristian Stanfill
Phil Joel
Phil Joel

Alive Festival (June 17-20):
Canal Fulton, OH
Alive is one of the oldest Christian music festivals around. This is its 22nd year in operation, and showcases the biggest Christian music acts that this year has to offer. Camping is available, but through their website you can also get some pretty good discounts on nearby hotel rooms. If want to see the biggest bands of the Christian music industry, this is the festival for you.
Website: www.alive.org
Line-up Highlights:
Newsboys (featuring Peter Furler for his last performance) Newsboys
Switchfoot Switchfoot
David Crowder Band David Crowder Band
Anberlin Anberlin
Superchick Superchick
Vicky Beeching Vicky Beeching
Everyday Sunday Everyday Sunday
Red Red
Spoken Spoken
Skillet
(watch they will be on every one) Skillet

Creation Northeast Fest (June 24th-27th):
Mount Union, PA
Creation is actually a two part festival. The first half hits in late June, and is a huge outdoor event geared towards youth pastors. It claims to be the largest Christian music festival, with tons of music, activities and stuff for kids. Creation also features themed stages, with a main stage reserved for the bigger acts, the fringe stage for lesser known bands, and a stage completely reserved for worship. There is a lot of music crammed in to three days, so come ready!
Website: creationfest.com
Line-up Highlights:
Chris Tomlin Chris Tomlin
Skillet
(surprised?) Skillet
Third Day Third Day
Relient K Relient k
David Crowder Band David Crowder Band
Pillar Pillar
Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch
Spoken Spoken
Disciple Disciple
Lecrae
Lecrae

Cornerstone Festival (June 29th-July 4th)
Bushnell, IL
This our favorite by far. Cornerstone is run by the Jesus People, and is a huge undertaking: easily 8 stages (including a massive main stage and not including “generator stages”, stages built DIY style by people who are attending the fest), with over 300 performers, Cornerstone is THE place tto experience new music. With focuses on both the mainstream and independent underground, Cornerstone has something for every one. The fest is open for seven days, with only six being official festival days. The festival also features independent movie screenings, art displays, seminars, kids camp, and so much more. Man I love that festival.
Website: www.cornerstonefestival.com
Line-up Highlights:
mewithoutYou Mewithoutyou
Underoath Underoath
Living Sacrifice Living Sacrifice
David Bazan David Bazan
Relient K Relient k
Impending Doom Impending Doom
KJ-52 KJ-52
Listener Listener
Cool Hand Luke Cool Hand Luke
Starflyer 59 Starflyer 59
Bradley Hathaway
Bradley Hathaway
(and way too much more to name, go check the website)

That’s it for June, come back next week to see what July has in store..

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