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Rock the Universe headliners officially announced


As I usually write about an upcoming event, I love when my stream of vocations intersects. Universal Orlando Resort hosts one of the largest Christian music festivals in the world. In 2023, the Rock the Universe event will take place on January 27e until 29e. Very recently, Universal Orlando announced the headliners for this event. The full schedule can be found here.

This year’s headliners are contemporary Christian musical artists who fans of this style of music should recognize. For example, Friday’s headliner is Skillet. Fans of the Rip Ride Rock-it attraction may know Skillet from secret song 782 (Monster). Also, at Universal Orlando, the Transformer, Bumblebee, often likes to sing their song, hero. Although some consider this band to be heavy metal, I wouldn’t. Still, if you’re looking for a real loud and powerful musical style, this band puts on an incredible show behind lead singer, John Cooper.

The Saturday lineup includes Zach Williams and Matthew West. In Universal Orlando’s own marketing, they describe these two this way, “…the festival continues Saturday night with performances by GRAMMY award-winning singer Zach Williams (and) #1 artist Hot Billboard’s Christian Song, Matthew West.

Matthew West headlined last year. In anticipation of this, I had the privilege of helping to interview him, with the help of Universal Orlando, for the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. Matthew West has a strong passion for changing the world. He also wants to help people with major difficulties in life, as reflected in his songs.

Beyond the main stage performances, Rock the Universe attendees can look forward to worship experiences throughout the weekend, including a powerful Sunday morning service to wrap up the faith-filled weekend. Fans can continue to listen to music in the dedicated Fan Zone presented by Coca-Cola, with live performances from up-and-coming acts like DJ Promote, and autograph sessions with participating musical artists.

Tickets to Florida’s largest Christian music festival include admission to spiritual performances and exclusive access to popular Universal Studios Florida attractions during event hours. Starting at $135 per person, a Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend ticket includes admission to both Rock the Universe events, plus three days of theme park admission per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Backstage view of Matthew West’s concert in 2022

At the heart of the event, Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries and offers special rates, exclusive vacation packages, benefits and opportunities for groups of 10 or more. The Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend ticket for groups starts at $124. Groups staying at any of the Universal Orlando hotels will receive exclusive benefits such as early park admission with valid theme park admission, complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and more. To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

Maybe this year I’ll be lucky enough that my schedule allows me a trip to enjoy Rock the Universe. If you visit Universal Orlando the last weekend of January 2023, this event will be waiting for you.

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