The 11th annual GraceFest took place on Sept. 21 and 22 at the Palmdale Amphitheater.

The Friday worship night, featuring renowned worship artist Matt Redman plus Genessis and Nikki and the Highlands Worship Band, kicked off the festival with free admission as the opening night.

Saturday’s main event opened at 1 p.m. and lines extended in great length toward Rancho Vista Boulevard, before gates opened, as fans of this year’s Grammy winning headliner For King and Country vied for an ideal spot to watch their performance.

They were not disappointed.  Wielding their unique percussion instruments with explosive athleticism and choreographed musicianship for King and Country filled the atmosphere with joy and hearts with utter enthusiasm.

Amy Rupp of Lancaster said, “I’ve been a concertgoer as long as I can remember and this was the best show I’ve ever seen!”

Opening artists Tenth Avenue North, Plumb, Unspoken and Hannah Kerr kept audiences in awe of their talents and musical ministry gifts, as well.

Local artists, the Antelope Valley’s Multi Church Worship Band, Renaissance Movement and Westside Christian Fellowship, reached the hearts of many as local artists with a special connection to the local Christian community.

Numerous presenters, speakers and a special guest speaker from Compassion International topped off a day for thousands.

GraceFest reached record attendance at 7,000 and sold out by the afternoon. Combined totals for both days reached at least 9,000.

“People are tired of bad news, sad news and confusing news,” Event Director Yvette Emard said. “It was time for families with all ages to take a break, enjoy the beautiful, warm weather, focus on a positive message and get refilled with joy and the Word of God.”

Keynote speakers Pastor Darrell Dorris and Pastor Shane Idleman co-led the event message.

The Zone teen stage, kid’s game area, kid’s stage, praise expressions wall, interactive prayer tent, raffle drawing, vendors, concessionaires, a baptismal and more were some of the additional features and attractions at full capacity.

GraceFest proceeds benefit 10 local Christian schools and their scholarship programs.

To learn more about GraceFest visit or the Facebook GraceFest page.

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