Unity adds to Worship Lineup – “Groundbreaking” Thursday Night Show Expected

“Truly groundbreaking” was the description today from Unity Festival officials, as they announced the booking of the Passion Worship Band, featuring Kristian Stanfill for Thursday, August 8th on the Unity Main Stage, presented by International Aid. The modern worship band trendsetters will be paired with previously announced headliner Hillsong LIVE!  and opening acts Reilly and The Neverclaim to round out a lineup that is poised to be the largest worship event of the year and the biggest worship themed night in Unity’s 13 year history.

“The Passion Band and Kristian Stanfill have become known as the standard for modern worship music in the United States”, said Kevin Newton, Unity Festival Director. “Combining Passion with Hillsong LIVE gives us the two premier worship bands in the world on the Unity stage the same night. It should be amazing. We are anticipating a huge response to this combination and a wonderful time of worship and praise as the sun sets over the lake at Heritage Landing on August 8th.”

The Passion movement, led by pastor Louie Giglio from Atlanta, has launched the musical careers of Chris Tomlin and others. In addition to an annual tour of sold-out arena shows each year, the Passion records have sold over 3 million copies and their modern renderings of classic Christian hymns are sung in churches worldwide each Sunday. Writing original songs and also putting a fresh and contemporary arrangement to well-known standards, the Passion Worship Band has found a recipe for reaching the current generation. “The exciting thing about this lineup”, Newton said, “is the way that all these bands have succeeded in bringing the worship experience to this generation and making it alive and fresh for our culture. Life in Christ is about being truly and fully alive and people will get a taste of the power and presence of God when they join us for this event”.

The Unity Christian Music Festival is entering its’ 13th year and is the largest Christian event in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation. Unity is known for booking the top Christian artists in multiple genres and for it’s family friendly atmosphere and affordable pricing project plan.  Headline acts for all 4 nights have now been announced, though some slots are still being filled in the next few weeks. “This year’s lineup is outstanding, top to bottom. When we look at the list, we are so grateful. We have come a long way from the early years, while maintaining the “feel” of a true family event”, Newton commented.

The 2013 lineup includes Wednesday, August 7th headliner Crowder, plus Everfound and All Things New. Friday, August 9th features supergroup Casting Crowns, with Plumb, Rhett Walker Band and more. Unity will close out its’ 2013 event on Saturday, August 10th with Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Colton Dixon, Citizen Way, Jennie Simmons and more.

Rap, rock, alternative and dance music will be featured on the Unity A-Stage, presented by West Michigan Youth for Christ. The A-stage area will also be home to the Unity Pinball Tent, the Hideout Youth Lounge and many other new features for 2013.

Unity also features a large children’s area, Inflatable games,  Camp Unity by Grace Adventures and many other non-musical events and activities for all ages. The complete lineup and other festival information is available at www.unitychristianevents.com or the Unity Facebook page.

Unity tickets are available now at www.unitymusicfestival.com , by calling 1-800-585-3737 or at any Startickets outlet, including the Frauenthal Theatre in Muskegon.

INTERVIEWS or ARTWORK:

Kevin Newton/Festival Director                                                                                kevin@unitychristianevents.com

Christopher VanOosterhout/Marketing & Media Director             Christopher@vanoosterhout.com

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