Parachute 2001 Boasts Largest International Music Lineup

Parachute 2001 boasts the largest international music line-up ever seen at a New Zealand music festival. There are 13 international acts, with artists from Canada, Australia and USA not to mention nearly 100 New Zealand artists. Festival organisers estimate to draw attendance figures in excess of 25,000.
Parachute Music Marketing Manager Rodney Featherstone says this is the biggest line-up the Festival has had since in its inception in 1989.
“We are excited about the international momentum that our event is having, every year it seems to grow more
and more which is reflective of the growth in the Christian Music industry in New Zealand,” Featherstone said..
International acts at the Festival 2001 include:.
Newsboys – USA
Nashville-based, the Newsboys have produced 8 albums, sold nearly three million records, earned three
Grammy nominations, three gold records, four Dove awards, and numerous other accolades. Songs are hefty
with issues about self image, responsibility and spirituality and the Boys will guarantee to engage both your
ears and your soul.
Third Day – USA
This five piece from America blend numerous styles together in a fusion that has earned them nine #1 singles,
three Dove awards, a Grammy nomination, and sales of over 400,000 for their first two albums.
Audio Adrenaline – USA
A five piece full-in-your-face band that has sold over a million records, had twelve #1 radio hits, won several
Dove awards and gained two Grammy nominations. Audio Adrenaline’s latest album Underdog, their fifth
studio album, is arguably their most hit-saturated and accessible effort to date.
Phil Joel from the Newsboys
Auckland born Phil has just released his first solo album and will be performing at Parachute 2001.
‘Watching Over You’ (produced by Peter Furler) has already sold over 50,000 copies in just four months
with the first single making it to number one on the US Christian Adult Contemporary charts. Apart from playing at Parachute 2001 with the Newsboys, Phil is doing a solo set and a reunion concert with his former NZ band, Drinkwater.
The last six years have been hugely successful for the Newsboys. The Australian, New Zealand and US bred
(but now Nashville based), quintet have now played to over two million people and sold over 1.5 million
albums, making the Newsboys in the top five grossing Australian bands last year.
The Newsboys have became one of Christian music’s most solidly accomplished ensembles with three
Grammy nominations, two gold records in the United States and four Dove awards.
Parachute Music Marketing Manager Rodney Featherstone said he is excited about the calibre of talent at Parachute 2001. “Artists such as Phil Joel continue to inspire us in New Zealand – to see local talent reach an international
standard can only encourage others to do the same,” he said.
Parachute 2001 was once again be held at Totara Springs, Matamata although this year there is a
change in programme dates from the traditional Waitangi Weekend to Anniversary Weekend, 26 – 29 January.

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