Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, returns September 9 and 10 with live performances by some of today’s most compelling artists in Christian music.
Rock the Universe offers fans a unique opportunity to see their favorite faith-based artists in the heart of Universal Studios Florida. This year’s line-up features Billboard Music Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated rock band Skillet; two-time GRAMMY-award winner and Billboard Top 200 regular Lecrae; and Christian hip-hop legend TobyMac, who has sold more than ten million albums and has won seven GRAMMY awards since the start of his music career.
Enter to win
You may win tickets to the event from the Good News in partnership with Universal Orlando Resorts. We’re giving away ten pairs of tickets to Rock the Universe and one grand prize package that includes an overnight stay in a Universal Orlando onsite hotel with four tickets to the event. For contest rules and to enter, visit GoodNewsFL.org/RTU2016. You must enter by August 28, 2016 to win.
At Rock the Universe guests will be greeted with rock, hip-hop and gospel sounds in an unforgettable family-friendly atmosphere unique to Universal Studios Orlando. The festival features the Fan Zone with more live music, electronic dance music with DJ Promote, autograph sessions with performing acts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a Saturday night candle lighting ceremony and access to Universal Studios Florida’s thrilling attractions that transport visitors into a highly imaginative world where they can almost leap through the screen and become the star.
Guests can take a ride on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit rollercoaster, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty burger in Springfield or join the ranks of the Minions at the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
Rock and Worship Friday
The event will open on Friday, September 9 with a powerful night of praise and worship music. Christian rock band Skillet is sure to energize the crowd, performing just one month after the release of their new work “Unleashed.”
He’ll be appearing on stage with Jeremy Camp, whose new album, “I Will Follow,” reveals his versatility and depth. An ordained minister, Camp’s songs often contain messages God is teaching him.
You’ll also hear Matt Maher perform his new single “Because He Lives (Amen)” from his album “Saints And Sinners,” which was inspired by leaders of the faith such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa.
The talent line-up Friday also includes appearances by Rend Collective, a folk rock worship band from Ireland; hip-hop artist, KB; singer and songwriter, Lauren Daigle; and musical band, Finding Favour.
Saturday, September 10 will jump into hip hop, rap and praise with chart-topping artists Lecrae, TobyMac and Colton Dixon.
True to his beliefs, Lecrae is an artist that redefines popular culture. His album, “Anomaly,” debuted a year ago at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart including Digital Album, Rap Album, Christian Album and Gospel Album.
He’ll be joined by legendary Toby Mac, who shows no signs of slowing down. Drawing from his faith in God and personal experience, his album “This is Not a Test” is a reminder that we only have one shot at life and should make every moment count.
Colton Dixon certainly made his moment on Season 11 of American Idol count, launching his debut album “A Messenger.” He’s expected to captivate Rock the Universe crowds with “More of You” and “Thorough All of It” from his second album “Anchor.”
Also appearing on Saturday are Christian rock band Family Force 5; hip-hop artist, Andy Mineo; hip-hop rapper and musician, NF; and I Am They, a unique Contemporary Christian band from Carson City, Nevada.
If you go
Whether you go with you youth group, friends or family, Rock the Universe will be an uplifting, fun-filled night full of entertainment, praise and worship from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. on September 9 and 10.
Universal Orlando offers several Rock the Universe ticket options. For the ultimate experience, guests can purchase a Rock Your Weekend Park-to-Park Ticket, which includes admission to both event nights and Park-to-Park admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure for three consecutive days.
To purchase tickets and learn more about Rock the Universe 2016, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.
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