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):
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.
Family Force 5
Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster
White Collar Sideshow
Ichthus Music Fest (June 10th-13th):
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.
Delirious? (last Kentucky show ever- but never say never)
Becoming The Archetype
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.
Skillet (I swear they are doing a festival tour)
Run Kid Run
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.
Newsboys (featuring Peter Furler for his last performance)
David Crowder Band
Skillet (watch they will be on every one)
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!
David Crowder Band
Thousand Foot Krutch
Cornerstone Festival (June 29th-July 4th)
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.
Cool Hand Luke
(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..