Even performers get excited for Lifest - WBAY

Even performers get excited for Lifest

One of the largest Christian music festivals in the upper Midwest was underway Thursday night, and even those who perform on stage get excited for Lifest.

With thousands of fans in Oshkosh for the start of Lifest, much of the focus is on the stage.

And for Christian music bands like Skillet, there's no better place to be in the spotlight.

"What Skillet and Lifest are both passionate about," lead singer John Cooper said, "is telling people that even when, not if, when life is hard even when things are going your way, your job and your family and all the things in the world right now, that there is hope."

Skillet has been playing at Lifest for about a decade.

They will join groups like Toby Mac and Sawyer Brown this weekend, which even have a mainstream appeal. 

Cassie Vegter from Delavan said, "I think they've also opened up their eyes to a lot of music that's more for teenagers and young adults, which is really important for us, like when we're growing in our faith to have other bands who like seem like normal, our normal people, but then here they are like strong for the Lord and just inspiring all of us."

For the younger crowd, the music is one of the biggest reasons for attending Lifest, which is why groups like Skillet say it's so important to be a positive influence.
"I've got two kids of my own, and I love having a music festival where you can bring your kids, too, and you don't have to worry about all the stuff that can happen at music festivals, and they get a great message and hopefully great music by Skillet and other people. So I just love coming. It's just a great place, and Wisconsin is awesome," Cooper said.

Lifest runs through Sunday.
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