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Parachute Music Fest Expecting Record Crowds

Organizers of the 2003 Parachute Music Festival in Australasia at Totara Springs, Matamata January 24-27 are anticipating record crowds.

The Christian music festival, which will host 12 international acts with artists from the United States, UK, South Africa and Australia on six stages, anticipates a record
23,000 people to attend. There will also be more than 100 New Zealand bands performing over the three-day weekend. Parachute 03 also features top international and national seminar speakers, and a variety of sports, music and children's programs in a safe family environment.

"As Parachute continues to produce outstanding music line-ups, we see
enthusiasm for the Festival spread throughout the country," said festival director Mark Mortlock. "It's exciting to
see keen interest and support increase, for not only international artists,
but also for our own NZ Christian music scene."

Headlining the international acts are USA's 'TobyMac' and 'Out of Eden.' Of
the leading NZ bands are, 'Wash' recently signed to American record label,
Hydrogen and Auckland's hottest new rock band, 'Detour,' signed to Parachute