We love to bring the best and widest range of Christian bands and artists from across the globe to Cornwall, creating an all-star lineup that really does have something for everyone. From rock, pop and funk to R ‘n’ B, folk and hip hop, you’ll find up-and-coming artists, festival favourites and big-hitters from across all music genres on our live music stages.
With a stellar line up there’s music and worship from a diverse range of genres and thought-provoking talks and life stories from some incredibly special people.
We are yet to announce our 2024 artists, but until then, check out who joined us in 2023…
Singer/songwriter Josh Garrels has built his career on deeply personal, introspective lyrics and exploratory sounds that range from pastoral indie folk to hip-hop. Emerging in the early 2000s, he is the co-founder of Small Voice Records, on which he issued 2008’s Jacaranda. In 2015, he landed on the Billboard 200 with Home. Although Garrels has remained loosely tied to the Christian music community throughout his career, he has shied away from declaring himself either a strictly Christian or secular artist, instead letting his music tell his life’s story.
Born in 1980 in South Bend, Indiana, Garrels initially played in punk bands during his teenage years and fell under the spell of East Coast rap before college. In his early twenties, he came into the Christian faith, which became a major thread in his musical journey. He began releasing self-produced, home-recorded albums with 2002’s Stonetree, followed a year later by Underquiet, and Over Oceans in 2006. Possessed of a rich, soulful voice, he began to add more orchestral elements into his folk-based sound, sometimes rapping, sometimes crooning his complex but approachable songs. On his own Small Voice Records, he released 2008’s Jacaranda and toured extensively, eventually moving to North Carolina where he released a collection of rarities called the Lost Animals EP. In 2010, he collaborated with the Brooklyn-based Mason Jar Music collective performing an orchestrated version of his song “Words Remain” at a historic Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
In 2011, he released the elaborate double album Love & War & the Sea in Between which was influenced by his adopted home of Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The album was praised by both Christian and secular media as a career milestone for Garrels. The year after its release, he again partnered with the Mason Jar Music to film the music documentary The Sea in Between, which was filmed on remote Mayne Island in British Columbia and for which he provided the soundtrack. He had a number of his songs placed on TV shows including CBS’ The Ghost Whisperer and ESPN’s Outside the Lines and scored several small films. In 2015 he released Home, which he offered to fans for free download via the website NoiseTrade. Subsequently, the album landed at number 19 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart and 83 on the Billboard 200. The following year saw the release of the holiday-themed The Light Came Down. In 2019, he issued Chrysaline, which he produced both on his own in Muncie, Indiana and in Charlottesville, Virginia with Isaac Wardell.
We are a community that use our creativity to share the journey of becoming who we truly are; the beloved.
Orphan No More Co is a collective made up of singers, songwriters, poets and instrumentalists. They began as and remain, a group of friends in a living room with a dream to share redemptive art.
They gathered their entire community together in the summer of 2018 to record their debut EP, Exhale Vol. 1 in one week; birthed from the simple desire to share together in the creation of art that spoke their truth.
In February 2019 they gathered together again to record Exhale Vol. 2. Leading on from the painful loss of their dear friend and member of the community, Esther Moore. They released the songs that carried them through that season of grief. Declaring that death is not the end and hope in God prevails, they released this project on Easter 2019 as a celebration of the power of resurrection.
Their debut album, Even Now, released in 2020, share’s the honest story of grief and loss but ultimately points the narrative back to the One who stands with us in the storm, outside graves and in the middle of the desolate place.
Following up with an E.P, Death Died, in 2021 along with a live version, the project spoke into a year marked with isolation and loss where the need for simplicity in a world of chaos has become more transparent than ever. Death Died is an honest and contemplative confession of faith and doubt, interwoven with the challenging and freeing narrative of the life of the Rabbi Jesus.
In 2023, ONM will releasee their sophomore album, Perplexity, and embark on their first UK tour.
Orphan No More are bought to Creation Fest 2023 through partnership with Christians Against Poverty.
Philippa Hanna is an internationally acclaimed performer, recording artist and author. Best known for her faith-based music and storytelling, Philippa has performed over 1500 shows worldwide. 2020 saw the release of Philippa’s 6th studio album ‘Stained Glass Stories’ (Integrity Music). With a unique blend of Gospel, pop and Country influences, Philippa has won fans in the likes of Leona Lewis, Lionel Richie and pop icon Lulu.
A vulnerable songwriting style coupled with Country-tinged vocals, have drawn comparisons to the likes of Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift. Philippa’s online videos have racked up millions of hits, with her Gospel version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ tipping almost a million shares on Facebook. Philippa is a passionate mental health advocate, openly sharing her personal journey on a variety of platforms, from festivals to schools.
As well as annual headline tours, Philippa’s career highlights include multiple appearances at the prestigious London Palladium, 02 Arena and a hugely well received performance at The Royal Albert Hall as special guest for Royal wedding singers ‘The Kingdom Choir’
Philippa’s 3rd book ‘Known’ – Discovering your identity and worth in God’, is slated for release in Feb 2022. After a brief break to have her first baby with husband Joel, Philippa is now taking bookings for festivals, events, and speaking engagements in 2022 and beyond.
Nick is a worship leader, songwriter & speaker based in Birmingham, UK and is on the leadership team at Gas Street Church and is on the core team of Gas Street Music.
He is the Prayer Pastor at Gas Street and helps run songwriting development in the church and he is signed to Capitol CMG Music. He is married to Ali and they have two kids, Gracie and Josiah.
Zach and Abby Vestnys, are a father/daughter duo that have a passion for pure, simple worship. Zach is a pastor in California and Abby a university student. Their harmonies and sincerity welcome God’s presence and all who want to worship. They were featured on Bethel Music’s recent album: Simple, with the song Jesus My King.
hey 🙂 we’re bella and arie camp, two sisters from california who love music. since we were little, we’ve sung every kind of song together, learning as we go. traveling and music has always been a huge part of our life and we know it’s so important to so many people. we can’t wait to play songs at creation fest with fellow Jesus and music lovers<3
Benjamin Haycock blends melodic, percussive and fingerstyle guitar with honest, personal and accomplished lyricism that is up there with the best. He laces this with incredibly tight rap flows and raw, emotive and powerful singing vocals. This is all interwoven to create a truly unique sound with strong character that derives from his personal experiences growing up in inner city Birmingham and later Devon, UK.Starting out, Benjamin was the songwriting front man to a successful eclectic band that performed at the likes of the 02 Academy and the Institute in Birmingham, which included instrumentation from the likes of ‘Little Comet’s’ drummer Nathan Green. In 2018, he released his debut solo acoustic EP called ‘Time’s Transgressions’. Off the back of this, he was announced as one of ‘Fender Undiscovered Artists of the Year’ and performed at Ad Week Europe, on the same bill as Craig David. Throughout this time, his music videos were watched by hundreds of thousands of people on large Facebook platforms such as ‘Music Crown’ and ‘YFM’.In 2021, Benjamin appeared on ‘The Voice UK’ and astounded the coaches by doing an emotional rendition of his original song ‘Restlessness’ that he wrote as a letter to his late Father. Suffice to say, all four of the coaches turned around. He subsequently released ‘Restlessness’ as a single, which topped the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. He followed up this success by releasing his second EP ‘Enigma’s Quay’, which followed suit.After this period of success, Benjamin subsequently partnered with Australian guitar company ‘Maton’ and became one of their prestigious artists and global ambassadors. Some names on their roster include the likes of John Butler, Tash Sultana, Josh Homme, Keith Urban and Neil Finn.Benjamin finished the year with his single ‘Force for Nature’ which he released in collaboration with The Tree Council’s environmental campaign ‘Be a Force for Nature’. The music video premiered to over 1,000 schools as part of the programme, with the song later featuring within the prestigious NOTION magazine. Subsequently, Benjamin was commissioned to produce a musical composition for a film which was displayed at the COP26 Climate conference in Glasgow. He finished the year with over 1.5 million Spotify streams, and over 100,000 listeners.Benjamin has started 2022 strong, with the release of his single ‘Homeless Winters’, which he partnered with the biggest homeless charity in the UK, Shelter. He committed to giving 50% of the proceeds from the song to helping homelessness within the South West. The music video was filmed/directed by Jonathan Pears, who has worked on some large films over the years in LA and was fresh off a set with Morgan Freeman and Gerrard Butler. Such was the quality of the video, it was released on VEVO in March.
This band, lovingly crafted together like the exotic spices in a lamb kebab, graces the stage on a mission to get the Creation Fest party started! The band is made up of a lead singing Pastor (Tim Gilbert, Grosvenor Church Torrington), his lead guitarist son (Noah Gilbert, St Matthias Plymouth), and brothers from a distant Grandmother, drummer and bassist Josh and Digger Gilbert (Grosvenor Church Bideford).
Blushing Ushers are normally found providing the entertainment for weddings and corporate events around the South West, with a great selection of bangers keeping the dance floor full. As their names suggest, they are all related and whilst their main musical passion is worship, they believe Christians have more reasons to boogie!
Circuit Rider Music is the musical expression of the Circuit Riders, a grassroots movement and missional community-based in Huntington Beach, California. We are a collective of artists, musicians, and producers who are all full-time missionaries focused on raising up a Jesus sound for a whole generation.
Emily Lindquist is the Worship Pastor at Church of the City New York. She is passionate about making space for people to encounter Jesus through worship and prayer. As a songwriter, she loves to give language to sing about who God is, what He has done and respond extravagantly. She hopes that through her music, the ache of the Church would deepen to see the beauty of Jesus. Her most recent songs Sanctuary and Heart on Fire can be found everywhere music is streamed. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and loves reading and writing in new coffee shops.
Gavin Wickham is an American HipHop, RnB, and Pop music artist and songwriter. Born in San Diego, California in 2002, Wickham comes from a family of musicians. Having grown up amid the diversity of urban San Diego, Wickham doesn’t mind crossing genres. His influences range across Hip-Hop, Latin and Gospel genres. He began making beats at age 15 and produced several records for his friends. Everything grew from there. After graduating high school in 2020, Wickham decided to take music more seriously and released his first EP in June 2022, self-produced at age 20.
Gwil Davey is a singer song writer, worship leader, originally from Wales but, having moved around to places including Bordeaux and North London, he is now based in Norfolk. A two time Chillhop/lofi song of the year nominee (TMMP awards and Astepfwd), Gwil is passionate about biblical lyrics, he strives to make his songs as biblical and upward focussed as possible. He is rooted in the acoustic lofi/chillhop scene but often drifts out of his comfort zone and releases a different sound if the songs needs.
Since making it through to the Live Semi Finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, which saw him playing to a home audience of 18 million, the name Josh Curnow has rocketed into the public eye.
Josh is a full-time singer-songwriter based in Cornwall who played all over Europe supporting the likes of Scouting for Girls and K.T Tunstall. He also travels the UK spreading the word of God through his powerful testimony, speaking in schools and churches alongside Christian organization Life stories at Lunch.
Nora Bart is a singer-songwriter originally from The Netherlands, based in the Midlands since 2017. Having worked closely with Jacob Neverhill, the two collaborated with Mahogony to release an acoustic version of their original song ‘Lost’. This later lead to further relases through the Mahogony label, including four ‘Live at Home’ sessions on Mahagony’s Youtube channel. Nora has continued to release music which can be found on all streaming platforms. More recently Nora has built connections with Sofar sounds, having played close to home in Coventry, Birmingham and London and further afield in Chicago and LA. Nora’s passion is to see a message of hope communicated through her honest and raw lyrics.
Cornwall based indie duo, Our Atlantic Roots (Mac and Laura Johnston) bring an uplifting blend of American & British alt-folk, with hope-filled harmonies that are rich, dynamic and unite beautifully. Their sound isn’t something you could squeeze into one genre ‘box’; certain songs have a clear connection with the country/bluegrass sound, whereas others are delicately stripped back; acoustic alt-folk style tracks.
The husband/wife duo met at ministry school in North Carolina in 2012. Just a few weeks after meeting, Mac and Laura sat down to write their first song together and straight away people commented on the way their voices and styles complimented each other.
In 2014 the duo married and relocated to the UK. September 2017 saw the release of Mac and Laura’s debut EP ‘First Light’ recorded with award-winning folk producer Andy Bell.
In 2019, the duo released their second EP ‘Little Bird’, which has since had over 500K streams on Spotify. Little Bird, Carry On & Wildflowers were also featured on popular indie/folk playlists by ‘AlexRainbird Music’, resulting in millions of plays for these songs on this popular YouTube channel.
2022 will bring new ‘Our Atlantic Roots’ music to your ears, so keep watching and listening! You can find Mac and Laura on YouTube/Spotify/Soundcloud/Bandcamp/Apple Music and most social media spaces too. Be sure to connect with them and remember to tag them #ouratlanticroots in your stories and posts.
Praise Lubangu is a 25-year-old independent artist based in Reading, England. Having finished her Masters’s in Chemistry in 2020, she embarked on a journey of pursuing music. Her aim has always been to encourage listeners and create meaningful music that can serve as a soundtrack to the different seasons of life that one may go through. Most recognised for her collaborations on LoFi covers of ‘Raise a Hallelujah’ and ‘What a Beautiful Name’ with the artist sxxnt., she has continued in that same vein, collaborating with various artists and exploring different styles. Her music is often a blend of various genres such as soul, RnB and indie/alternative. She is currently working on releasing her debut album later this year, which she describes as “her most honest work yet”. Connect with her on social media @praiselubangumusic.
ROSSO as described by BBC Introducing as a ‘beautifully melodic, uplifting, country vibe’ have taken the UK Country scene by storm. The pair’s big, foot stomping sound has taken to stages at The British Country Music Festival, The Long Road Festival and support for The Libertines. Tight harmonies, guitar chops and lyrical prowess have impressed the masses, they bring a show not to miss.
Skye-Anna is an Indie-pop singer-songwriter from Falmouth, UK. Her originals have been played on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall several times.
At the beginning of 2019, she released a single called ‘Boy’, which was played by BBC Radio Introducing, a couple of days after its release. On the 3rd of March 2019, She was contacted by ‘Sarah Gosling’ to perform 4 original tracks for their BBC Introducing live sessions and to have an exclusive interview. This was broadcast, Saturday 13th of April 2019.
At the age of 23, she has already supported Newton Faulkner, John Buckley and played alongside UK Artists, such as Daisy Clark, The Rezner, Emma Chamberlain (Lead singer from Flowers of Palo), and Sam Richardson. She has also performed at festivals like Boardmasters, Tunes In The Dunes, The Rock Oyster Festival, The Great Estate, and many, many more. The 28th of March, 2021. Skye-Anna released her first debut album, ‘Captivated’.
Now after 2 and half years in the making, on the 4th of June 2023, she released her collaborative EP, ‘A Hiding Place I Call Home’. Skye-Anna has had lots of great responses from it already and this has made her excited for the near fut
Steph Macleod is a Scottish singer-songwriter, worship leader and mental health awareness advocate from Scotland, UK. His music is rooted in the rough and raw experiences that led him to Christ; from broken family relationships to homelessness and addiction, Steph Macleod embodies the reality of God’s redemptive and boundless love. From his critically acclaimed debut album “Light In The Darkest Of Nights” (2010) to his latest release, “O Perfect Father” (2021), Steph creates a unique sonic experience by blending underlying folk tones with traditional and contemporary worship infused with Celtic melodies. Alongside dexterous guitar skills and a voice charged with emotion and depth, he pulls his audience into an intimate encounter with God, as the music reveals earthy sounds and heavenly narratives. With multiples released projects to date as well as extensive touring and collaborative experience with artists such as Celtic Worship, Nathan Jess, Chris McClarney (Jesus Culture), Matt Redman, The Humming People, Rend Collective and Martin Smith, Steph has been touching hearts around the world with the reaches of God’s saving grace. He has also regularly featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Songs of Praise and UCB and has had the great honour of being involved with organisations such as Tearfund, IJM, Origin Scotland, Open Doors and The Bethany Christian Trust. He also launched his own podcast during the pandemic, “This Is My Story, This Is My Song”, a space dedicated to honest conversations about various life journeys towards faith, the role of creativity in hardships and mental health. Steph Macleod is part of the Integrity Music family.
Introducing Swingy, the electrifying swing and rockabilly band hailing from the vibrant music scene of Seattle, WA. With an blend of swing rhythms and rockabilly grooves, their music will transport you to the golden era of swing dancing. Led by the soulful melodies of saxophones and the sizzling brass of trumpets, Swingy’s interactive performances captivate audiences with irresistible beats and danceable tunes. Combining vintage charm with lively faith, Swingy is a live experience that will have you swinging and praising Jesus.
Taylor Armstrong is an inspiring independent Christian singer-songwriter, crafting his heartfelt melodies and honest lyrics within the intimacy of his bedroom studio. Drawing from his upbringing in rural isolation in the northeast, his music carries a unique sound that resonates with listeners throughout the world. Now based in San Diego, California, Taylor’s pursuit of authenticity, innovation, and vulnerability shines through his captivating voice and soul-stirring compositions. Many have found solace in his music, with his songs becoming a soothing and relatable sound track in the midst of daily life. Often described as exceptionally relatable, Taylor’s music stands out in the realm of contemporary Christian music, connecting deeply with audiences on a personal level.
Teelow is a Hip-Hop artist, using jazz samples, chords and hypnotic melodies as a backdrop for his observations on life, culture and faith. Inspired by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Fela Kuti and Chet Baker, Teelow aspires to create high quality, honest art that narrates, discusses and inspires the lives of people trying to navigate this world while committing themselves to something higher.
The Claze are from Cornwall with 2 albums and an EP. They have played everywhere from live sessions on BBC Radio 2 to the local pub. Whether it’s a set of handwritten tunes or famous songs by other artists they’ll always get the place bouncing.
The atmosphere at Creation Fest is so relaxed and fun you leave feeling refreshed and encouraged to the max!
Luke Hellenbroth, Worship Central