Event: Rock the Universe 2017

September 4, 2017
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Christians will experience a weekend of faith and fun at one of the largest Christian music festivals in the country 

Barring interruption from Hurricane Irma, thousands of Christians are expected to once again rock, ride and rejoice at Universal Studios Florida’s Rock the Universe 2017–one of the biggest Christian music festivals in the nation.

Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9, the event requires a ticket separate from theme park admission at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. This year’s concert line-up features some of Christian music’s most popular artists, including GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Lecrae, For King & Country, Brandon Heath and Lauren Daigle.

Chris Tomlin

“The theme park experience brings in so many different people,” Tomlin says. “There are a lot of people hearing our music for the very first time.”

Luke Smallbone of For King & Country adds: “It’s tremendously exciting for us and lots of our friends are there with us to enjoy it. It’s one of our favorite shows of the year.”

On Friday night, Tomlin and Lecrae will be joined by Daigle, Kari Jobe, 7eventh Time Down and Social Club Misfits.  Saturday evening’s performers include Casting Crowns, For King & Country, Thousand Foot Krutch, Andy Mineo, Family Force 5 and Ryan Stevenson.

For King & Country

During the event, guests can also stop by the Coca-Cola FanZone, featuring more live music and autograph sessions with performers. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to experience the Saturday night candle-lighting ceremony on Sept. 9 and Sunday Morning Worship Service on Sept. 10. Universal Studios Florida’s attractions include Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Transformers.

Launched in 1998, Rock the Universe is one of two major Christian rock festivals held in Orlando each year on the same weekend. The other festival is Disney’s Night of Joy, which is held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, on the same nights as Rock the Universe.

Regular admission for Night of Joy doesn’t include access to any of Disney’s theme parks—unlike Rock the Universe. Despite the matching dates, the two festivals are both successful,. Many bands typically switch between the two festivals from year to another.

Tickets for Rock the Universe 2016 are $66.99 (one night), $105.99 (two nights), $102.99 (Saturday night and one theme park, including Universal’s new water theme park Volcano Bay), $164.99 (both nights).

For more information or to buy tickets, visit RocktheUniverse.com or call 407-224-7840.


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Eric Tiansay is a freelance writer with more than 20 years experience working as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor as well as writing for numerous Christian publications. Originally from Reno, Nev., Eric moved to Florida, where he became a Christian. An avid angler, film aficionado and fitness buff, Eric is an active member of his church along with his wife and five children.

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