Furler, Joel team up during Spirit West Coast
Former Newsboys bandmates part of strong festival lineup for 2012

by Lori Arnold


DEL MAR, Calif. — Spirit West Coast, looking toward the future with its May 25 to 27 festival after last year’s hiatus, is stepping back into the past to create a special treat for its guests with a reunion appearance of Peter Furler and Phil Joel.

“If that’s not worth coming to see, I don't know what is,” Spirit West Coast promoters posted on the festival’s Facebook page.

Furler, former front-man for the Newsboys, will return to Spirit West Coast on Saturday for the first time since leaving the band in 2009 to pursue a solo career. Joining him will be former bandmate Phil Joel, who left the Newsboys in 2007 to pursue his deliberatePeople ministry with his wife. In 2010, the two teamed up for several tracks on a children’s album for Joel’s ministry and earlier this year worked together on the Winter Jam 2012 tour.

“I’m excited to see a reuniting of Phil Joel with Peter Furler,” said Jon Robberson, executive director of the three-day music and teaching festival. “Phil has been playing bass in Peter's band and since he will be at the festival he's going to do a late night music and message segment.”

That performance is set for 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Phil will be performing some of his songs and talking about his deliberatePeople initiative; calling people to a deeper commitment. Paul delivered his deliberatePeople seminar in 2010 and it was extremely well received.”

Friday acts scheduled for the weekend include Toby Mac on the Main Stage, The Afters, Britt Nicole, Dominic Balli, Holland Davis, Angel Smythe and Project 86. The guest speaker for that evening will be Luis Palau.

In addition to the Furler/Joel reunion, Saturday’s line-up includes Main Stage headliners Tenth Avenue North, plus Family Force 5, Disciple, The City Harmonic, Press Play, Philmont, Lybecker, Julie Elias, Lost Colors and BloodtypeG. Evangelist Nick Vujicic will deliver the message.

Closing day performers are headliners MercyMe, Seventh Day Slumber, Matthew West, Fireflight, Chris August, Manafest, Love Song and Manic Drive. The closing night speaker is Bob Lenz.

Other speakers and entertainers will include speakers Joseph Rojas, Mike Donehey and Britt Nicole and comedians Bob Smiley and Stephen B.


Action-packed adventure
In addition to the music, workshops and children’s Veggie Tales fun zone, one of the main highlights of the event is a series of activities in the sports center.

Through an agreement with Pariah Productions, festival guests will be able to participate in giant volleyball, dodgeball, boomball, home run derby and a scavenger hunt.

A new addition is a 50-foot by 70-foot paintball arena, produced by Once Nailed Paintball. The inflatable arena allows groups of people to war against each other with real paintball guns that use rubber balls as ammunition instead of paint.

Returning to the venue is the popular skatepark, operated by Embassador Skateboards, a Christ-centered skateboard company that seeks to reach the skateboard community and young people with the message of Christ’s love for them through demonstrations.

 Complementing the individual action of the skatepark is the Team Riders, trio John Davidson, Casey Docherty and Tino Grey. They are members of Embassador Skateboards and will share their testimonies as well as their boarding expertise.

Other attractions include inflatable games, a mechanical bull, bungee trampoline and rock climbing walls.

Additional fees are required for some of the sports center activities. Visit the website for pricing.


Food and merchandise
Rounding out the offerings are the Midway food trucks and the Christian Examiner Exhibit Hall where dozens of vendors will showcase their businesses, art, ministries, music and products. Popular items include jewelry, clothing, hats, skateboards, portraits, books, Bibles, posters and novelty items. SWC artists will be selling their latest CDs as well as T-shirts and miscellaneous items.

Full event tickets purchased by May 18 are $126 for adults and $52 for juniors ages 6 to 12. Prices jump to $149 and $65 respectively after that date and at the gate. Single day tickets are $55 for adults and $35 for juniors if purchased by May 18, and after that they increase to $62 and $39. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Group tickets are available.

The festival also offers a Terrace Club VIP package, which includes an exclusive reserved seating pass directly in front of the Main Stage, a full-event ticket, a free pass to either the Saturday or Sunday artist reception/dinner, an event T-shirt and a souvenir seat cushion. VIP tickets are $230 and $250. For more information about the VIP Club, call (408) 377-9232.

As in past years, overnight accommodations are available through numerous camp options. Tent camping and tent trailer sites are both $105 for all three nights. RV spots vary by the length of the vehicle and range from $125 to $185.

For more information, visit www.spiritwestcoast.org.

Published, May 2012



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