Rock The Universe Festival 2016

Rock The Universe Festival 2016

September 9, 2016 - September 10, 2016
September 9, 2016 - September 10, 2016


Rock the Universe is an annual Christian rock festival that takes place at Universal Studios Florida. It started in 1998, and it normally takes place in the first or second week of September.

The festival has had three main stages over the years. One is "The Yard Stage", also known as "The Boneyard Stage", which is located on the edge of the park in between the Jimmy Neutron and Twister attractions. It is the largest of the stages, but it was used for the last time at Rock the Universe 2008, as the section will be turned into the entrance for the Rip, Ride, and Rock It roller coaster. The stage always faced outward toward the park except for 2008, where it was up against the building that houses the Jimmy Neutron ride, and facing the building that houses Twister, as a wall had been put it where it used to be to prepare for the construction. Another stage is "The Hollywood Stage", which is by the Central Park area and the lake, close to the middle of the park. It faces Mel's Diner. The third stage is "The Praise and Worship Stage", which is located in the Animal Planet Theater, though it has not been in use in the past couple of years. A new stage for concerts has been built near the entrance to Rip, Ride, and Rock It, in the same area where the Bone Yard once was. This stage was used for the 2009 festival.

The bands that have appeared the most are Relient K at eleven appearances; the Newsboys and Third Day at eight appearances; Skillet and Jars of Clay at seven appearances; GRITS and TobyMac at six appearances; and Audio Adrenaline at five appearances. TobyMac also appeared twice with dc Talk, which means 2010 was his eighth visit to the Christian rock festival. Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline was a special guest speaker at the 2009 festival, marking his sixth appearance at the festival and the first without being a performer.

Rock the Universe is one of two major Christian rock festivals held in Orlando each year. The other festival is Night of Joy, which is held at Walt Disney World, on the same nights as Rock the Universe. The two festivals are both successful, despite the matching dates. Many bands tend to switch between the two festivals. Formerly, Cornerstone Florida, a spinoff of the original Cornerstone Festival, was held in Orlando annually, in May of each year.

The festival is a member of the Christian Festival Association.

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bornOctober 22, 1964
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
Colton Dixon
bornOctober 19, 1991
bornOctober 9, 1979
Houston, Texas, U.S.
bornMarch 30, 1991

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Toby McKeehan (born Kevin Michael McKeehan;[2] October 22, 1964), better known by his stage name TobyMac (styled tobyMac or TOBYMAC), is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, hip-hop and pop artist, songwriter and author.

TobyMac has charted 20 solo singles on Billboard's Christian Songs list.[3] He was first known for being a member of the Christian vocal trio DC Talk, staying with them from 1987 until their announced hiatus in 2000. He has since continued a successful solo career with the release of six studio albums: Momentum (2001), Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), Eye on It (2012), This Is Not a Test (2015), as well as two remixed albums of the first two albums titled Re:Mix Momentum and Renovating Diverse City respectively, and one remix album for albums number three and four titled Dubbed and Freq'd: A Remix Project (2012). He now has a fourth remix album titled "Eye'm All Mixed Up". He also has a full-length Christmas album Christmas in Diverse City (2011), which was his first holiday album.[4] TobyMac became only the third Christian artist to have a No. 1 debut on Billboard 200 chart[5] with Eye on It.[6][7]

Between DC Talk and his own solo career, he has sold more than 10 million albums[8] and won 7 Grammy Awards.[9] TobyMac has had six No. 1 hit CHR singles[10] including "Gone", "Made to Love" and "Lose My Soul." Five singles have gone to No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart, tying him with Third Day for fourth on the list of artists with the most No. 1 hits on that chart. His live concert CD+DVD combo album, Alive and Transported, was released in 2008 and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009.[11] His fifth studio album, Eye on It, was released on August 28, 2012 and received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 2013 Grammys held on February 10, 2013.


Michael Colton Dixon (born October 19, 1991) is an American singer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol.[3]

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Universal Orlando
The Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, formerly Universal Studios Escape, is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. It is wholly owned by NBCUniversal and its affiliates. Universal Orlando is the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando after Walt Disney World.


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Christians To Rock, Ride And Rejoice At Rock the Universe
  –  September 9, 2016
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  –  September 9, 2016
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Get the Concert Lineups and Showtimes for Rock the Universe 2016 This Weekend
  –  September 6, 2016
Get ready to rock, ride and rejoice THIS WEEKEND at Rock the Universe at Universal Studios Florida! This is one of my favorite annual events at Universal Orlando Resort. For years, I’ve attended the event with my family or my church, and it really is a ...
Universal Orlando’s Rock The Universe Tickets Now On Sale
  –  July 19, 2016
Tickets are now on sale for Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe 2016, where guests can rock, ride and rejoice at Florida’s biggest Christian music festival. During the event, guests can also stop by the Coca-Cola FanZone, featuring more live music ...

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