Our heart is to see the gospel being proclaimed with joy and the local believers encouraged.
Music, Bible, Skate and Family - something for the whole family.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT - just turn up and enjoy!
Information about our 2018 Creation Fest Scotland will be announced over the coming months but below you can find the 2017 details. This will give you a flavour of what we are all about.
Vibrant music across many genres. Confirmed line-up includes Steph McLeod, Allan McKinlay, Simon Kennedy Band and more to be added. See bands listing below.
A place for all backgrounds and ages to gather for a short time of Bible teachings, practical workshops and seminars. There will also be a Prayer Space - to simply act as a place to connect with God. There will be experienced, Spirit-led volunteers available, willing to pray for and with you.
The outdoor skate park will be open to the public throughout the day, so bring your skateboard, BMX, scooter and/or roller blades! It will also feature The Big Move Skate Contest and demos during the day.
There is something for the whole family. From a sports programme that includes a street pitch and kids activities. No matter your age, you can join into the fun.
The Football cage creates an immediate football arena for high energy games of 2v2 Panna football. Spectators and awaiting teams surround each game and cheer and support through the solid steel mesh. All levels of skills are welcome to take part and show what they've got.
The Eden Bus is a state of the art youth centre, kitted out with the best and most unlikely stuff! We partner with churches to see unreached young people come to Jesus. We almost always work in the most deprived communities but don’t rule us out if you’re not sure that your community fits. The latest and best bus belongs to Message Scotland right here in Glasgow!
On February 13th 2006, Steph Macleod found himself in rehab for homeless men with addiction problems. He had previously been living rough in Edinburgh where he begged on the streets to feed his addiction. During his 8 months in rehab Steph began addressing the problems that caused him to block out the world with substance and alcohol abuse.
Steph had once been a promising classical guitar student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but personal problems, stemming from his teenage years, led him to escape using alcohol and drugs. These problems continued to grow and grow until they became his sole priority in everyday life.
During his 8 month rehabilitation Steph picked up a guitar for the first time in years and began to write songs about his experiences of substance abuse and homelessness. It was the first time Steph had written songs and the first time he had really sung anything. In the summer of 2006 Steph recorded 6 acoustic tracks at a studio on Easter Road Edinburgh, which he then posted up on MySpace. The response to songs like ‘Alcoholic Synonymous’ and ‘Man in the cold’ were overwhelming as many people could relate to Steph’s experiences. This continued to give Steph the motivation to get back on his feet.
Steph found great comfort and healing in both writing songs and his faith. After leaving the addiction centre in Edinburgh, Steph continued to write music and started performing in and around his local area. A year later he had married and started a family which greatly influenced his writing. He began to network with other musicians and music lovers via the internet, and continued to travel to play gigs and various festivals. With the help of friends and college students Steph was able to continue recording and performing around the UK.
Through entering various competitions Steph was offered sets at music festivals including The Retrofest, The Belladrum Festival, The Wizard Festival, The Spratton Folk Festival, and Gitarrenzauber (Germany). He also competed and won the 2009 Troubadour Acoustic Singer Songwriter competition in Berlin. In the same year, and with the kind help of Origin Scotland’s Exile Band, Steph wrote and recorded a 12 track Christian album which is a personal account of his walk in faith and the impact it has had on his recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. Steph also works with Christian organisations like Origin Scotland, Tearfund, Open Doors UK, and the Bethany Christian Trust. Steph has also had his music used in independent film and television.
Steph believes that everyone, at the very least, has the right to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he travels around the UK, Europe, and throughout the world to share the good news.
Through word and song in the last 2 years Steph has been performing both as a solo acoustic singer songwriter and also with his worship band The Second Mile Society. He has performed at various Christian Conventions and music festivals including, Keswick Convention, C.L.A.N, Word Alive, Forum, Gullbranna (Sweden), Seaside Festival (Norway) and Sommer pa Oya (Norway). Steph has also appeared live on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC One’s Songs of Praise.×
A guitar and organ driven blues trio, the band was formed in 2014 by Dundee born guitarist Simon Kennedy. Enlisting Mirek Hodun on the organ they set about writing and producing their debut album “Make Up Your Mind” themselves which was well received by critics and fans alike with BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones saying the band were “deservedly the recipients of a great deal of praise” and the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association voting it their Album of the Month.
In 2015 Edinburgh based session drummer Brian MacLeod was brought in to complete the line-up of guitar, organ and drums.
With the success of the debut album they have been sought out to play major festivals like The Orkney Blues Festival, Perth’s Southern Fried Festival and Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival. They also had the pleasure of playing Scotland’s biggest blues club in Edinburgh, in support of Big Joe Louis.
2016 will see the band release a follow up to their well received debut album towards the end of the year as well playing the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival in the summer.
"Deservedly the recipient of a great deal of praise" Paul Jones BBC Radio 2
10/10 CrossRhythms Magazine
“…Stunning…Irresistible…Rousing… Recommended!” Blues Matters Magazine
"This is a solid debut album and deserves to be heard for its excellent sound qualities and stirring playing." Blues In Britain Magazine
Allan McKinlay is a recording artist, worship leader and singer/songwriter from Scotland. For the past 10 years Allan has travelled extensively in the UK and Internationally leading worship at many different events, conferences & festivals such as Big Church Day Out, Creation Fest, Open Skies and CLAN gathering. He has supported artists like Martin Smith & Housefires and regularly tours alongside charities like Compassion, Tearfund & Open Doors.
Allan is the worship pastor at Re:Hope Church Glasgow and loves being part of an exciting, growing, thriving city church. He is married to Naomi and they have two beautiful children Katelyn and Matthew.
Allan has a passion for the presence of the Lord and his heart is to gather, lead & inspire people to pursue intimacy with God and to be free, passionate, creative & authentic worshipers.×
Written In Kings thrive off of playing live. Driven by this hunger they’ve toured throughout the UK, Including: The Millennium stadium, The O2 Academy, Islington, Dallas, Texas… and even in front of Ronnie Wood!
Written In Kings have a passion and A belief in something greater than their music, A hunger and a vision to reach people all over the world.
Written in Kings will grow, adapt and change as people But one thing that will remain is their heart to serve others and Write songs that instill hope into the lives of the hopeless.
Vocals, Guitar, Banjo / Sam Taylor
Lead Guitar, BV / Ben Taylor
Bass, BV / Josh Halls
Drums, BV / Nathan Beaton
Madison Cunningham is a singer/songwriter currently based out of Orange County, CA. Her debut album Authenticity, released just over two years ago, showcased a wide breadth of musical scope and style, as well as a depth in lyricism and melody. At only 20 years of age, Madison draws from many timeless musical influences including Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant, Jeff Buckley, and Bob Dylan. These sorts of influences, as well as her family and life experiences, blend remarkably to shape the person and artist that she strives to be. A true storyteller, her music is as dynamic and unique as her life and the lives of those that catch her pen. Her latest release, “Love, Lose, Remember” is now available on, iTunes, and Spotify!×
Swing-a-billy! You take bit of Setzer, mix in some Mills Brothers and old Gospel – garnish with horns – you get Swingy. Playing both guerilla street swing outreach and typical dance halls, churches, events since 2005, Swingy brings not just music, but a troupe of dancers to bring great new interpretations of great old tunes with swing, lindy and jitterbug moves. Fun, with a bit of universal nostalgic appeal, Swingy’s aim is to get you enjoying, dancing, thinking – maybe even praying.×
Fiona lives in Edinburgh with her husband Geoff and their young family. She combines music ministry with her job as a music therapist. Fiona and Geoff have been part of the congregation at Edinburgh Elim for over 10 years now and they both love being part of the worship team there. Fiona features in Elim’s Centenary Celebration album ‘Elim 100’ and is also a ‘Rechord’ artist releasing her songs for use in the church. In 2015, Fiona released her first full-length studio album ‘Made to Love’. This album includes songs that she has written and used in worship with her local congregation as well more intimate songs of devotion. Fiona is passionate about the power of music to communicate to the heart of the listener and her prayer is that her music leads others into an encounter with the father heart of God.×
Just around the corner from George Square, some time in 2002, a few penniless students from Strathclyde University's Christian Union assembled a makeshift band. "Jiggered" started ceilidhing in the student union and over the years have become popular at weddings, fundraisers, church ceilidhs, Burns Suppers, Hogamanay parties...
Jiggered's fusion of ceilidh dances, Scottish tunes, modern covers and Christian praise songs is distinctive and exciting. With about 15 years on the circuit, Jiggered are experienced and professional guaranteeing a memorable event every time! And don't worry if you've never ceilidhed before (or if you're just a bit rusty) - our caller will guide you expertly through very dance. See you at Creation Fest 2017!
Jiggered Ceilidh Band Lineup
Ewan Cunningham: Drums
Susan Stirling: Violin
Emma Brockett: Lead vocals, guitar
Chris Smith: Backing vocals, piano
Ellyn Oliver is a singer/songwriter based in Glasgow. Her distinctive style blends folk, blues, soul and gospel, with her guitar and loop pedal providing the backdrop to her unique vocals. Expect an engaging (and even participative!) show as Ellyn shares songs from her various projects as well as her own material. A versatile vocalist, Ellyn has performed with a variety of Scottish Christian music projects including New Scottish Hymns, Origin Scotland, Satellite and with Tearfund Scotland. She can also be heard singing backing vocals for fellow singer/songwriters Steph Macleod and Allan McKinlay. Ellyn also regularly performs at various acoustic events across the UK.×
Soulful singer-songwriter Unoma Okudo is distinguished by her unique voice, and captivating melodies and lyrics. Born in Nigeria, where she was introduced to music by her parents, her career really began after she moved to Glasgow, Scotland to further her education. Here, she began to write songs and to discover her own voice as an artist. She also provided backing vocals to other artists and continued singing at church, as she had done since childhood.
Since then, Unoma has performed as the opening act for established and well-known artists including Grammy award winner Macy Gray and soul legend Alexander O’Neal. In 2014, she provided backing vocals to music icons Donnie Maclean, Kylie Minogue, among others, for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In January 2016, Unoma released her first single “Satisfied”, a jazz and soul-infused love song. The song was picked up by BBC Radio Scotland and was made the “Single of the Week” on the popular Janice Forsyth Show. Her hotly anticipated first EP, "Odyssey" is now out on digital release.×
Amongst Wolves from The Message Trust, bring high energy and fun to the genre of Rock, Pop/Punk.
The 4 piece, haling from Wales, England and Scotland were formed in September 2016.
The band’s focus is carrying on the 25 year old Message Trust vision of going into schools, prisons and local communities talking about the Christian faith and how it’s impacted their lives. They are passionate about bringing this message of hope particularly to teenagers and young adults who are on the edge of society and social groups.×
Brian has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He has served as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Vista, in Southern California, and also as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Westminster, London, England. Brian has been extensively involved in missionary work throughout various parts of Europe. He now serves as Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California. Brian is the featured speaker on the Bible teaching programme 'Back to Basics'. He is known for his clear and challenging exposition of the Scriptures. Brian and his wife Cheryl have four children and five grandchildren.×
Richard is the founding pastor of Metro Calvary. He is married to Valerie, his beautiful best friend and amazing wife of 39 years. They have four wonderful children, one amazing grandson and a beautiful daughter-in-law! Deborah (lives with her husband Wells in Brooklyn with their little boy Ever Bless); Sean (along with his bride Erika, lives in L.A.); Nathan (graduated from School of Worship and is now attending Irvine Valley College); Ashley (graduated from Biola and is now working in graphic design).
After nearly eight years as the high school pastor at Costa Mesa and 13 years as lead and teaching pastor of Calvary Chapel Grass Valley (recently renamed Crossroads Community Church) pastor Richard and Valerie sensed a tremendous burden to start a Bible study in the city of Roseville, California, as an outreach of Grass Valley. Metro Calvary held it’s first Sunday service on January 4, 2004 at Rocklin High School.
Pastor Richard is more amazed at, and humbled by, the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus than ever before. He is more in love with his wife and children than ever before. He is more passionate about teaching the Bible than ever before. He can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through Metro.×
Husband and a father to 3 daughters, Marc (aka Mpfree) has been serving prison ministry for 6 years, and more recently has been working with Prison Fellowship, sharing the gospel with inmates across prisons in Scotland. Marc also travelled the world sharing his faith through hip hop music at various outreaches, festivals and street corners. He attends and serves Freedom City Church in Cumbernauld.×
Daniel Massieh is a former Muslim who had a radical conversion experience while in his home country of Egypt. In his early adult life he was curious about what happened in Christian churches, being sure they did something terribly wrong. While visiting a church with the intent to find fault, he was touched by the Lord and brought to faith in Jesus Christ in 1979. After his conversion he became an ambassador to his countrymen sharing with them the love of Christ. He was imprisoned for his faith and severely abused for 8 months in solitary confinement, but boldly shared the Gospel with his captors and was eventually released. He is the author of the Best Selling book "Traitor". He is the founder of Open The Gates, and the Cities of Refugees ministry to over 300 Syrian Refugees families, and the Rock satellite TV to Muslims. In addition he is a motivator and international speaker helping churches to understand Islam, and witness to Muslims without fear!×
Crystal Cryer originally hails from Oregon, the best state in the US, but is now at home Scotland. She is the National Coordinator for 24-7 Prayer Scotland and loves being part of the wild, contagious and life-transforming movement that is 24-7 Prayer. She is also part of the Prayer Spaces in Schools Scotland team as well as the Central Church family in Edinburgh, where she is based. Crystal loves hospitality, cooking, talking about prayer, the history of Celtic Christianity, all things Nature, exploring new places and cultures, conversations over coffee (or a glass of red wine), reading and all things creative.×
Kieran joined the Evangelical Alliance Scotland team in 2012. Prior to this he worked for MSPs at the Scottish Parliament for three years with spells in both Edinburgh and Inverness. Before this he spent a number of years working in youth and community work in the housing estates of his native Glasgow. Kieran helps the Alliance connect with politicians in Holyrood and local government, connects with national and local media, and also provides support and encouragement to churches, organisations and individual Christians trying to engage with wider Scottish society.×
Dave, the Founder of Rookie Rockstars, wrote the original Rookie Rockstars programme with a view to positively impact young people all over the UK. He had a tough time at school, having been severely bullied for a number of years. He wanted to seize the opportunity to help children understand that they are all special, they should have confidence in themselves, that they should never give up and to always remember that bullying is not right! His energetic, fun songs have helped teach these positive messages to tens of thousands of school pupils across the country. On the back of the success of the programme Dave has written a second programme for schools and opened their first School of Music in Kirkintilloch. He is passionate and focussed about continuing to grow the charity and helping as many young people as he can! Dave has pretty solid musical credentials too having toured worldwide with his band before starting the Rookie Rockstars Programme.×
Irene Howat is from Ayrshire and she has lived in Scotland all of her life. She is married to Angus, who was a Free Church minister until retirement, and they have three daughters, two of them married, and four grandchildren. Over the last 30 years Irene has written more than 50 books, about half of them for children. Most are Christian biographies and all are published by Christian Focus Publications.
For 21 years Irene edited the Free Church's magazine for primary school children and she was also Chairman of the Scottish Fellowship of Christian writers for over a decade. As well as writing prose, Irene is a poet writing both in Scots and English. Her other hobbies include reading (now, there's a surprise!) and water-colour painting.
Although she's a professional wordsmith Irene admits to not being able to do crosswords - even easy ones!×
Prayer is such an important part of the festival and something you can be part of year-round. Please join us in praying for Creation Fest, our teams, events and those who attend.
To sign up for the Creation Fest Monthly Prayer Email, sign up here: Prayer Newsletter×
Interested in helping with Creation Fest Scotland? We are always looking for volunteers to join in serving on various teams. Creation Fest Scotland would not be possible without 100+ volunteers serving Christ and others in a wide range of areas.
No matter what your talents or gifts, there is a place for you! There are 12 different teams to choose from: Connect Team, Hospitality, Information, Kids, Media, Prayer, Production / Technical, Site, Skate, Sports, Stewards OR Street Team.
Help Creation Fest to get the word out. Here are a few ways you can do that:
From marquees to each microphone, we need to build the site. Help make this possible by donating or lending us some of the infrastructure for the day.
Current needs are:
If you want to donate or lend towards the Infrastructure contact the Creation Fest office×