“GET INNNNN SONNNN!”
That’s the sound Matt Hurley heard over the phone back in May, when he broke the news to me that one of Britain’s most loved Christian festivals had offered Beyond The Mountain a place on their 2019 lineup.
CreationFest, with its uber-chill vibes and family friendly activities, is just such a dream to perform at – as I discovered last year when I had the privilege of supporting Rob Westall’s band as they performed in the Big Top tent.
After considerable excitement, squealing and social media posts, last week the day finally came to travel to Cornwall and do our part. Well, actually there were two parts, as it happened…
An Intimate Performance in the Under 30’s ‘Abide’ Tent
We were buzzing when Sofiah, one of the event organisers, asked if we’d be around to play a ‘Lakeside Live’ slot with the young adults group before our scheduled performance. It sounded like exactly the environment we love; intimate, chilled out and unpretentious.
It turned out to be even more special than we had imagined. The dozen or so listeners sat on camping chairs and picnic blankets, and offered us mocktails as Matt joked about being a ‘PK’ (pastor’s kid – something several of them understood well!)
It was just the right setting to share our personal stories of mental health struggles and Jesus’ victory over them. The session ended on a poignant note as the lyrics of One More Mountain shifted the focus from our personal testimonies to the struggles that they may be facing, and culminated, “He will not fail you, no He won’t leave you”. It was the highlight of the trip, for me.
A Slot in the Much Bigger – but Equally Rustic – ‘Big Top’ Venue
This was the highly anticipated performance we’d been preparing for! The Big Top boasts large capacity, but attracts modest audiences with its roster of under-the-radar musicians and quaint haybale seating. It’s my favourite venue at CreationFest; calm, inviting and just the place to hear inspirational music and stories.
Dashing across from our acoustic session with the young adults (several of whom joined us for the show!) we were ready to go by 5pm, which meant we had 30-40 minutes on the Big Top stage – plenty of time to pick out some of our favourite songs which concisely summarise the Beyond The Mountian message of hope and healing.
For me, that had to include Invincible, as the track which celebrates my victory when Jesus healed me of anorexia. I was super encouraged at the end when a mother and daughter approached me to say that song in particular spoke to them. <3
Thank you CreationFest!
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved.
Matt and I have got just ONE more date scheduled on the Beyond The Mountain tour! 😱
If you haven’t had a chance to see us perform live yet, then don’t miss our evening at St Barnabas Church, Cheltenham, on Tuesday 10th September. Follow the Beyond The Mountain Facebook page here to get the latest information about it.
Hope we’ll see you there! 🙂