Lifest 2013 as reviewed in Phantom TollboothLifest continues to be successful in every way.


Lifest 2013 - a Christian Festival
Christian Music Festival
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 11 – 14, 2013

You don’t know what you’ve had until it’s gone. With pillars of annual Christian music festivals falling after the 2012 season (Cornerstone, Purple Door and Ichthus – gone in 2013 but back in 2014 as part of the Creation festival), Lifest veterans were wondering if theirs would be the next to fall. Life Promotions, the managing organization of Lifest, in turn made a few lean modifications to its festival resulting in a successful year and hopefully many to come.

Lifest, now celebrating its 15th year, has grown from a small Christian festival to a five day, sprawling event. Due to economics and related changes to entertainment value, this year’s festival moved to four days, had a few venue / stage changes, improvements in camping and access, and the addition of a few country & western Christian bands (hot on the heals of the Country USA festival also staged in Oshkosh, Wisconsin). The result of these changes was sold out camping and record to near-record crowds Thursday through Saturday.

Due to personal obligations, this is the first year in nine in which I could not attend the entire festival. Despite a shortened stay I was able to take in The Vespers and Third Day. Both were magnificent in their live performances bringing the crowd to its feet with hands held high including Third Day doing an 11:30pm acoustic set! Among the many acts and genres, Mercy Me, Skillet, Newsboys, Thousand Foot Krutch, JJ Heller, Sleeping Giant, Citizen Way, TobyMac, Five Iron Frenzy, Remedy Drive, Ilia, Family Force Five, Jimmy Needham and many more performed. With the addition of many speakers, comedians, activities, a good food court and an overly active market place there was never a dull moment. Above all, friends, faith, and good food again made the event a key summer event.          

Lifest is not a cutting edge, progressively focused music festival. Lifest is a family oriented, Christian-based, music/arts/faith offering successfully bringing attendees closer to their Father by sharing their faith. Whether deemed a music or faith based festival, Lifest continues to be successful in every way.

Scott S Mertens


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