2003 Parachute Music Festival Planned

Third Day rocked the stage at Parachute Fest, 2002.
The largest Christian Music Festival in Australasia anticipates a record
23,000 people in attendance at the Parachute 03 music festival held over
Auckland Anniversary weekend at Totara Springs, Matamata 24 – 27 January
Parachute 2003 will host 12 international acts with artists from USA, UK,
South Africa, and Australia, there are also more than 100 New Zealand bands
also performing over the three-day weekend. A drug and alcohol-free music
festival Parachute 03 also features top international and national seminar
speakers, and a variety of sports, music and children’s programs in a safe
family environment.
Director of Parachute 03, Mark Mortlock says Parachute 03 is looking to be
the biggest festival held yet with six stages running (busy with bands) all
weekend reflecting the number of artists performing and the number of people
“As Parachute continues to produce outstanding music line-ups, we see
enthusiasm for the Festival spread throughout the country. It’s exciting to
see keen interest and support increase, for not only international artists,
but also for our own NZ Christian music scene,” Mortlock said.
Headlining the international acts are USA’s ‘TobyMac’ and ‘Out of Eden.’ Of
the leading NZ bands are, ‘Wash’ recently signed to American record label,
Hydrogen and Auckland’s hottest new rock band, ‘Detour,’ signed to Parachute
TobyMac – USA
Virginia-based, TobyMac blends HipHop, Rap, Rock and R&B. He is the founder
of Gotee Records, has won five Dove awards and the BMI Songwriting Award in
June 2002. With widespread touring, TobyMac is bringing a group of twelve
with him to Parachute 03, including a full band, back-up singers and a DJ.
Out of Eden – USA
With smooth sounds of R&B, HipHop, Pop and Soul, Out Of Eden have appeared
on movies, TV shows and been nominated for seven Dove awards. They have
produced two #1 Hits, fifteen Top 10 Hits (13 consecutively), recorded four
albums, of which over one million copies have been sold.
Wash – Tauranga
Four-piece hard rock band, Wash has recently signed to Hydrogen records from
New York. Their debut album is being completed with producer Darren Poole,
of Massive Artists Recordings. Wash already has an avid following, generated
by extensive touring and airplay over the past two years.
Detour – Auckland
Auckland’s newest guitar-driven five-piece rock band is charged with
emotion, their songs in the vein of Incubus, Life House and GooGoo Dolls.
Detour signed to Parachute Records in September this year and is set to
release their self titled debut album at Parachute 03, which includes the
single She Walked In. NZ on Air funded the music video and recording of the
single, which also features on the NZ on Air Hit Disc.
Bookings at Ticketek 09 307 5000, or online: www.ticketek.co.nz


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