Lifest 2014 as reviewed in The Phantom Tollbooty Above all, friends, faith, and good food again made this event a key summer event.

Lifest 2014
Christian Music Festival
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 10 – 13, 2014

In the 16th consecutive season of its run, Lifest has remained strong in its field exceeding or matching past performances. In 2014 with over 18,000 in attendance, the 4-day Christian festival boasted 2,800 occupied campsites, 2,700 ‘Bring a Friend’ coupons used, the largest opening night attendance in its history and the largest Sunday morning worship service attendance in years. For the uninitiated, Lifest is a family oriented, Christian-based, music/arts/faith offering. Whether deemed a music or faith based festival, Lifest continues to be successful in every way.

Of those acts I attended the following stood out as exceptional:

  • Scott Stapp – powerful, energizing, soulful and more – outstanding and surprising in every way. Those I talked to after the concert, which were many, could not stop talking about Stapp’s performance. Indeed, both Skillet and Toby Mac who followed Stapp stated during their sets how great it was to have Stapp back on stage again.
  • Skillet – always hot and powerful, the audience continues to erupt with each performance.
  • Burlap To Cashmere – with two sets, B2C rocked the Café stage crowd. The afternoon set being mellower while the evening set rocked steady. As always, B2C’s poetic lyrics, Mediterranean rhythms, and awesome musicianship along with the band’s chemistry brought the crowd in both sets to another place of peace and wonder.

Amid the rides, sports, food court, and merchandise there was a wide variety of entertainment available. Following are a sampling of the over 100 entertainers, musicians, presenters, comedians and the occasional artist:

  •       Toby Mac
  •       The Neverclaim
  •       Rapture Ruckus
  •       The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  •       JJ Heller
  •       Sidewalk Prophets
  •       Family Force 5
  •       Sawyer Brown
  •       Casting Crowns
  •       Demon Hunter
  •       Satellites & Sirens
  •       Matthew West
  •       Newsboys
  •       Spoken
  •       Keith Cooper
  •       Jason Gray
  •       Citizen Way
  •       Daren Streblow
  •       Bone Hampton
  •       Marty Simpson
  •       Happy Fun Time
  •       And a special Sunday worship with Matthew West and Nick Hall

Above all, friends, faith, and good food again made this event a key summer event.

Lifest 2015 is planned for July 9-12, 2015. Tickets and campsites are on sale now. See link below for further details.


Scott S Mertens