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 four live music stages.
We may not be meeting together in person in 2020, but here’s just some of the bands and artists we were looking forward to giving a HUGE Cornish welcome to in August! Headliners Hillsong London, Elle Limebear, HTB Worship, Steph MacLeod and Wildwood Kin, joined by festival favourites LZ7, Philippa Hanna, Scott Cunningham, Club Brothers Music and Josh Curnow, as well as newcomers Joe Hardy, Joel Baker and Lion and Bear. Check out their websites, YouTube channels, give them a listen on Spotify (other streaming services are available!) and pretend you’re in a giant shed, in a field, in sunny Cornwall…
Hillsong London Worship are a team from the heart and soul of Hillsong church UK. They are part of their worship team here in the UK but also minister the message of Jesus Christ in countries all over the world through song.
Hillsong is a contemporary Christian church, a global movement positioned at the intersection of Christianity and culture, founded in 1983 by Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston. This church movement has now expanded across the globe and is widely known for songs that are sung by estimated 50 million people in 60 languages.
ELLE LIMEBEAR has lived her life between two worlds. As the daughter of Delirious? front man, Martin Smith, Elle has experienced first-hand the thrill of stadiums filled with people while on tour around the world. As a worship leader and youth pastor in Brighton, UK, she is immersed in a close-knit, daily ministry within her community. She grew up seeing the global church and her local church worshipping God simultaneously.
Elle is writing for those well acquainted with the night. She is making music for the generation to come, and these songs will serve as a reminder that this same Maker of all the things we see is the very one who created us. We belong to no one and nothing else but Him.
“My hope is for my friends that don’t know Jesus to still identify with these songs,” said Elle. “That they’re on their party playlists, spreading hope, drawing them into truth, and then seeing it spread out to their friends, colleges, clubs, through their cities and wider.”
Elle sees the future of her music like a concert full of diverse people from the most eclectic of backgrounds drawn in by visuals, melodies, and art that they love. And from there, the effect of good music would become revelations of truth in their lives.
Elle recently got married to her husband Tom and they live in Brighton, UK. She is currently writing and recording new music, eating satsumas, playing Bananagrams, and enjoying every sunny day she gets in England.
Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies.
Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard- playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining forces on harmonies
Currently in the studio with producer Ian Grimble, they are working on their second album, much of which was written in the US. The album is due out on Sony/Sivertone in May when the girls will be headlining a UK wide tour in conjunction with Bob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree brand. They have just released a covers ep “Voices of Equilibrium” and have recently topped 13 million streams on Spotify.
The past couple of years have been huge for LZ7. Since the release of their last album ‘Home’, the band have been in front of hundreds of thousands of people and seen their latest singles ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Legends’ (featuring Silento), gain traction worldwide and success in the charts.
With multiple millions of online views and plays and thousands of monthly listeners from across the globe, LZ7 have played on the biggest of stages. In the past year, the band have been on a European tour with Jason DeRulo, as well as solo tours, culminating in a headline show at the Indigo in the O2, London.
High energy and high tempo, an LZ7 live show is an experience not to be missed!
Philippa Hanna is an acclaimed British singer-songwriter. She has released five albums, a live DVD and has had two books published. Having notched up over one thousand live performances in twenty-five countries over the past decade, she has demonstrated what can be achieved by an independent artist with a little help from her fans!
As well as becoming a leading light in the Christian music scene, she has opened tours for household names including Lionel Richie, Little Mix, Leona Lewis, Wet Wet Wet and Anastacia. Her music frequently draws upon her experiences of a turbulent youth, and the Christian faith she found in 2004. Philippa champions self-esteem in young people whilst simultaneously raising awareness for the work of children’s charity Compassion UK. Her latest album ‘Come Back Fighting’ takes Philippa back to her country roots, with songs such as Off The Wagon drawing comparisons with the likes of Dolly Parton.
Formed in 2017, singer/songwriters Leigh Coleman, Richard James, and Adam ‘in the hat’ Moran combined to create songs drenched in melody & harmony.
They released their debut EP ‘Drifting’ in late 2018.
HTB Worship exists to represent the worship life of HTB Church in central London. HTB Worship is a collective of worship leaders and songwriters who seek to lead and write songs that will point to Jesus and resource the church. The vision is to play our part in the evangelisation of the nation, the revitalisation of the church and the transformation of society. They have just released their new single What A Saviour recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall.
Joe is a songwriter of great depth and variety and is a first class live performer whether solo or with his band. His emphasis on excellence is obvious to everyone. He has been playing stages of all sizes for over 10 years, and is at home in a church hall, a pub or a festival having honed his craft in all three.
The end of 2016 saw the release of his debut album ‘Without Borders’ – a mixture of acoustic tracks through to Pop and all out Rock. He has a desire to tell a story and draw others into the process. Without Borders was the result of two years of writing, during this time Joe penned over 60 songs expressing different parts of his journey and telling the story of people he was meeting.
Since the release of Without Borders Joe has been leading worship and performing at churches and events all over the UK and into Europe. 2019 saw the release of EP ‘Hold Me Still’ – recorded live in a local Church, a collection of new and re-arranged songs in an acoustic format. 2020 looks to feature an ever-growing live schedule and further releases.
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-song writer 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 organisation Life stories at Lunch.
With the release of his debut album earlier in the year and top London officials in the mix, Josh is quickly being recognised as a big contender in the music industry.
Lion & Bear is a music duo from Southern California.
Writing, recording, and performing honest music that reaches the hearts of people is the ultimate goal of these brothers-in-law. Michael Landingham and Andrew Enos have been making music together for the past decade. In 2019 they decided to launch Lion & Bear; a new outlet for their creativity and poetry through music.
Cornwall based indie duo, Our Atlantic Roots (Mac and Laura Johnston) bring an uplifting blend of American and British alternative folk, with harmonies that are rich and dynamic. Mac’s country bluegrass roots add a popular authentic southern vibe to many songs, with the more folk-inspired influence coming from Laura’s side of the family being English and Irish.
The husband/wife duo met at ministry school in North Carolina in 2012 and led worship together up and down the east coast of the States. In April 2014 Mac and Laura 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 had over 190,000 streams on Spotify and has been featured on some of the most popular indie/folk YouTube playlists, resulting in millions of plays in just a few months.
Recent media appearances include singing live on both BBC Radio Devon and BBC Spotlight after the duo won the country music category of the UK songwriting contest in January 2020. This is an international award judged by Grammy, Emmy, CMA and Brit award winning judges.
Scott Cunningham oversees the Worship Ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and is director of the School of Worship, which offers two nine-month courses in which they train, disciple, and equip people who feel called to worship ministry.
Scott is also Director of Calvary Creative, a ministry developed to lead, train, and provide resources for the church.
Steph Macleod is singer songwriter and worship leader based in Scotland, UK. His critically acclaimed debut album ‘Light In The Darkest Of Nights’ was released in 2010 and is currently working on his third studio album.
“I have a passion for God and for people. It’s my hope that the songs I write will bring them closer together.” Steph shares the hope he found in Jesus Christ through word and song all over the world, and draws inspiration from his lived experiences and freedom from homelessness and addiction. He is committed to sharing the Gospel and the power of God’s saving grace.
Steph’s music has featured regularly on BBC Radio 2, BBC Songs of Praise, UCB, and he performs and leads worship regularly. He also has a passion for mentoring the next generation of young Christian musicians and is an activist for mental health awareness. He has toured and performed with Mike Farris, Nathan Jess, Chris McClarney (Jesus Culture), The Humming People, and supported artists like Matt Redman, The Rend Collective, and Martin Smith.
The atmosphere at Creation Fest is so relaxed and fun you leave feeling refreshed and encouraged to the max!
Luke Hellenbroth, Worship Central