Nashville, TN (September 18, 2008) – Creation Festival: The Tour is pleased to announce several strategic partnerships with companies who have chosen to come alongside this one-of-a-kind event as tour sponsors. Through these relationships many unique promotions and perks will be made available for ticket holders, youth leaders and music fans.
The Tour has teamed with Apple's iTunes to provide each attendee with free music. Each person attending a concert date will receive an exclusive tour branded iTunes card, good for 20 songs of featured Creation artists when they arrive the day of the concert. Additionally, Tooth&Nail Records will provide attendees with 20 free songs for every ticket purchase. Each ticket holder will receive a 20 song pre-tour sampler via a download code received at time of ticket purchase. These are exclusive deals only made available to Creation Festival: The Tour and provide ticket holders with an unprecedented opportunity to receive free music in addition to a tremendous tour for one low ticket price.
Youth ministry advocates, Interl’inc and Youth Specialties are joining forces to provide special Youth Leader Talk Back sessions in each city. Youth leaders and their staff will have the opportunity to participate in exclusive meet and greet times and break out sessions with various artists from the tour as well as receive special resources to take back to their youth ministry.
Online Christian music audio and video providers, HearItFirst.com and VideoRocket.com will be following along with the tour and providing those at home with an insider’s look into Creation Festival: The Tour. Both sites will showcase exclusive behind the scenes footage, video blogs and special content from the artists on the tour.
“We are very pleased with the caliber of companies who have chosen to come along side and partner with us to make Creation Festival: The Tour possible,” explains Nick Kulb, Tour producer. “It definitely takes a small army of people to pull an event like this off and these companies share the vision of what we want to accomplish. I’m excited to get out on the road and see our partnerships and hard work come to life.”
Additional tour sponsors include child advocacy organization Compassion International, Integrity Music, Provident Label Group, PRS Guitars and Global Expeditions.
Patterned after the Creation Festivals, the nation’s largest Christian music festival and the premier name in Christian music events, this “mini Creation on wheels” kicks off October 9th and will make stops in 30-plus cities. The line up features nine bands, including headliners Kutless, and special guests, Thousand Foot Krutch and Pillar and is rounded out by Fireflight, Run Kid Run and Worth Dying For. A special “pre-show” will kick off the event, featuring performances by Esterlyn and Capital Lights and world-renowned speaker, Bob Lenz, will share the gospel each night.
For up to the minute information about Creation Festival: The Tour and a complete list of cities, please visit www.creationfesttour.com. Ticketing information can be found online at iTickets.com by following this link: www.itickets.com/tours/663.html.
To gear up for the 2007 Festivals, nearly 500,000 people on the Creation Festival mailing list will receive access to an exclusive iTunes Creation Digital Sampler, where they can download five free songs from top artists performing at the Festival, including Bethany Dillon and KJ-52.
In addition, every person attending the Festivals will receive an exclusive iTunes card featuring a special collection of more than 25 FREE songs from their favorite Creation artists, including Switchfoot, Relient K, Newsboys, TobyMac, Leeland, Jars of Clay, Fireflight BarlowGirl and more.
Creation and iTunes first began their relationship in 2006 by making the redeemable gift cards available to all Creation Northwest attendees, which marked the first time that iTunes had partnered with a Christian organization in this way. The response to this endeavor was the largest iTunes has experienced through this crowd pleasing marketing strategy. This groundbreaking event secured both companies reputations as innovators in each of their respective markets.
"Creation and iTunes partnered together last summer to supply over 25,000 download cards to every attendee at Creation 06 Northwest and saw record-breaking returns through download submissions," says Nick Kulb, director of marketing and sales for Creation. "We are eager to partner with ITunes again this year to provide every attendee at both the Northeast and Northwest events with the free download cards. This is a tremendous benefit to our ticket holders, allowing them to take a piece of the festival home with them absolutely free."
Also in store for Creation Northeast attendees are two new additions to an already impressive lineup. First, American Idol 5 fan favorite, Mandisa will be opening the festival on Wednesday night by singing our beloved National Anthem and also pleasing crowds on Saturday morning with a performance featuring songs from her debut release True Beauty. No stranger to the Agape Farm, Christian music legend KevinMax (DC Talk) will perform a rare and intimate set at the Acoustic Café on Friday night, an event that is sure to rank among the highlights of Creation 2007.
The largest outdoor Christian music and teaching festival of its kind, Creation Northeast will be held June 27th - 30th at the Agape Farm in the beautiful mountain ranges of Mount Union, PA., and Creation Northwest will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary at the amazing Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA July 25th -28th. This year's festival stages will offer performances from artists as diverse as Switchfoot, Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Barlow Girl, Emery, John Reuben, Flyleaf, Israel & New Breed, Project 86, Fireflight, David Crowder Band, Kutless, and more.