CONCERTS AND RADIO
A strong correlation may exist between the routes that overseas Christian musician followed throughout Australia in the 70s and 80s, and the places that Christian radio stations were established in the 90s and 2000s.
While it could it argued that concert promoters and radio stations have just gone to places with sufficient population to make their ministries viable, Mark Spencer, (the General Manager of Rhema FM in Taree on the mid north coast of NSW) says that almost every centre for Christian music 30-40 years ago, now has a Christian radio station.
He says this is particularly obvious in regional markets like Taree, Newcastle, Coff’s Harbour and Albury in NSW; Bendigo, Ballarat, Gippsland and Geelong in Victoria; Townsville, Nambour and Toowoomba in Qld; as well as Mt Gambier in SA and Launceston (LON SESS TUN) in Tassie.
So it comes as no surprise then, that this station – along with many others throughout the country – today sponsor ‘international quality’ Christian music concerts in their local communities.
‘We have an event… the list goes on.”
Many of the acts Mark mentioned were also shared with Easterfest – the national Christian music event held annually in Toowoomba. Now that it’s no longer happening, what impact does that have on The Rock’s Been Rolled?
‘Well we were… coming back’. The Rock’s Been Rolled will be held in Taree on March 23.
Over the years, different organisations in the city have sponsored concerts from Don Francisco, David Meece, Kenny Marks, Leon Patillo, Bryan Duncan and Steve Grace.
More recently, the local Christian station, 105.1 Life FM has organised and presented concerts featuring Shonlock, Brittany Cairns and Selahphonic.
Mikey Dynon says the event’s now an annual one called Life To The Max and this year the event features Vita Adam and Tasman Jude.
“Tasman Jude… just fantastic.
Mikey says he’s expecting strong support for the lineup from local youth, as well as others in neighbouring cities and towns.
Life To The Max will be held on March 6.
Forest Edge Music Festival
And finally, an update on the Forest Edge Music Festival with organiser Lloyd McLean. Lloyd says he’s expecting this year’s festival to be well attended.
The Forest Edge Music Festival – now Australia’s only national Christian music festival – will be held March 12 to 14 at Neerim East – near Warragul in Victoria.