LifeLight Festival
LifeLight Festival
Lifelight logo.png
Official logo for LifeLight
Genre Christian rock
Dates Labor Day weekend
Location(s) Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1998-2009
Worthing, South Dakota, 2010-Present
Years active 1998-present
Founded by Alan and Vicki Greene
Website
LifeLight's Official website

LifeLight Festival is an annual free outdoor Christian music festival held over Labor Day weekend on a farm near Worthing, South Dakota, which is 12 miles south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

History

LifeLight Festival[1] was started by Alan and Vicki Greene in 1998 as an afternoon concert on a local church lawn, drawing about 2,000 people. By 2001, the festival was moved to the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls to accommodate the growing crowds. In 2002, attendance tripled from the year before, growing to 32,000 attendees over a 3-day weekend. Now, LifeLight has grown to over 320,000 attendees over a 3-day weekend, expanding to 6 stages, with a budget of nearly $700,000 each year. After outgrowing previous festival locations, the LifeLight festival found a new permanent home for the Festival on a family farm near Worthing, SD. The 2010 Festival was the first at the new location.[2] It is a free concert but provides a great economic boost to Sioux Falls.[3] Festivals like this one said to bring up to $10 Million[2] Since 2005, LifeLight has also sponsored spring and fall tours featuring LifeLight artists. They started as local tours with primarily local artists but over the years, LifeLight Tours has partnered with several national and regional bands/speakers and now travel well beyond the Midwest for tour dates. Past tours have featured artists John Reuben, Brian Welch, Sanctus Real, Phil Joel, Disciple, Project 86, Children 18:3 and many more and traveled to cities in Texas, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota as well as other states. The 2013 festival in South Dakota hosted main showings of Plumb, Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, and Skillet.[4]

Attendance

  • 1998: 1,500
  • 1999: 4,000
  • 2000: 6,500
  • 2001: 10,000
  • 2002: 32,000
  • 2003: 110,000
  • 2004: 240,000
  • 2005: 275,000
  • 2006: 263,000
  • 2007: 320,000[5]
  • 2008: 320,000
  • 2009: 270,000
  • 2010: 320,000

Artists

2013 Festival

2012 Festival

[6]

2011 Festival

Main Stage:

  • Relient K
  • Tenth Avenue North
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Sidewalk Prophets
  • Britt Nicole
  • Manafest
  • Hawk Nelson
  • Fireflight
  • Manic Drive

-Souled Out Stage:

  • Disciple
  • Blindside
  • Write This Down
  • Children 18:3
  • The Wedding

2010 Festival

2009 Festival

A Life Echoed
Children 18:3
David Lunsford
DecembeRadio
Disciple
Downhere
Esterlyn (band)
Everyday Sunday
Everfound
Family Force 5
FM Static
House of Heroes
John Reuben
Krystal Meyers
Kutless
Life's Breath
Lincoln Brewster
Manic Drive
Michael Gungor Band
Nevertheless
Newsboys
Remedy Drive
Run Kid Run
Rush of Fools
Sanctus Real
Sarah Reeves
Seventh Day Slumber
Showbread
Silverline
Spoken
Stellar Kart
Superchick
Thousand Foot Krutch
Tenth Avenue North
The Switch Kids
The Wedding
TruEmotion
VOTA
WILLET

2008 Festival

Headliners of the 2008 festival, as announced on Life 96.5, were Switchfoot, Michael W. Smith and Casting Crowns. Other 2008 participating bands included:

33Miles
Ayiesha Woods
As I Lay Dying
Building 429
Day of Fire
Everyday Sunday
Family Force 5
Grits
John Reuben
Leeland
Lincoln Brewster
Matthew West
MxPx
Natalie Grant
Phil Joel
Remedy Drive
Sanctus Real
Seventh Day Slumber
Showbread The Afters
This Beautiful Republic
VOTA

2007 Festival

Jars of Clay, TobyMac and Chris Tomlin were announced as the headliners of the 2007 festival.[7] Other major bands and artists for 2007 included:[8]
Anberlin
BarlowGirl
Big Daddy Weave
Casting Pearls
Family Force 5
Leeland
Tait
Phil Joel
Project 86
Stellar Kart

Previous Bands/Speakers[3]

Audio Adrenaline
Casting Crowns
Day of Fire
Dr. James Dobson
FFH
GoFish
Jeremy Camp
Mark Schultz
Newsboys
Pillar
Point of Grace
Rebecca St. James
Relient K
Rick Warren
Salvador
Sanctus Real
Skillet
Steven Curtis Chapman
Superchick
Switchfoot
Third Day
Thousand Foot Krutch
Three Cord Wonder
Tree63

References

  1. ^ "LifeLight.org ::". LifeLight Communications. n.d. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b "LifeLight Festival :: History". LifeLight Communications. n.d. Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ LifeLight Tours
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ http://www.songkick.com/festivals/72661-lifelight/id/11776258-lifelight-festival-2012
  7. ^ "LifeLight.org". LifeLight Communications. 2007-07-13. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "LifeLight Festival :: Artists / Speakers". LifeLight Communications. 2007-07-13. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved . 

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