Luis Palau joins speakers team for Spirit West Coast Del Mar


DEL MAR, Calif. — Evangelist Luis Palau, who has preached to nearly 30 million people in 75 countries, will be the opening night speaker May 25 for Spirit West Coast.

Palau and his team focus on spreading the Gospel worldwide through signature festivals, community outreach and partnerships with local churches.

The opening night program at Spirit West Coast is highly anticipated after producers opted to take a one-year hiatus last year in Del Mar. although the Monterey festival ran as usual. This year's Del Mar festival is set for May 25 to 27.

The main stage talent for opening night will be TobyMac, The Afters and Britt Nicole. Other groups slated to perform during the three-day event include MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force 5, Matthew West, Chris August, Love Song, The City Harmonic, Press Play, Abandon, Dominic Balli, Peter Furler, Fireflight, Seventh Day Slumber, Disciple, Manafest Manic Drive, Phil Joel, Holland Davis, Philmont and Angel Smythe.

In addition to Palau, another keynote speaker will be Nick Vujicic, who event producers said was probably the most effective evangelistic speaker in the history of SWC when he spoke in San Diego in 2009.

Also speaking will be Joseph Rojas, Mike Donehey and Britt Nicole.

Comedy, another staple at SWC, will be presented by Bob Smiley and Stephen B.

Over the course of the three days, entertainment will be provided on seven stages and will span 15 hours each day. In addition to the live acts, the festival features exhibits, food vendors, teaching, action sports and games, a children's fun zone and on-site camping.

Spirit West Coast Del Mar was launched in 2004 and offers Southern California much of the same activities as its older Monterey counter-part, which was founded in 1997 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area. Together, organizers said, they are the two largest and only multiple-day Christian music festivals in the southwestern United States. The festivals draw fans from many states, especially from the western region including California, Arizona, and Nevada. The events' combined "unique visitor" attendance is typically over 20,000 and the combined 6-day cumulative attendance is 30,000.

Since each festival has its own personality, it's not uncommon for fans to attend both festivals.

Full event tickets purchased by March 30 are $108 for adults and $50 for juniors. Single-day tickets are $49 and $30 respectively. Children 5 and younger are admitted for free. Discounts are also available. Ticket prices increase monthly until May 18, when tickets will only be available at the gate for $149 for full event and $62 for single-day admission.

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.

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