StepFWD Gospel News

BIG CHURCH DAY OUT HAS ITS BEST UK LINE-UP EVER

Hold on to your Redemption Hymnals or your iPhone 15 Pro Max, gospel music lovers, because the full Big Church Festival 2024 line-up has dropped, and it’s hotter than a Pentecostal preacher’s mic on a Sunday morning!

We’re not exaggerating when we say this year’s line-up might be the strongest, most star-studded and downright AMAZING collection of UK gospel talent ever assembled at one festival.

Get ready to experience the full spectrum of gospel at its best – from the electrifying energy of Volney Morgan & New Ye, to the spirit-lifting melodies of Junior Garr & The Spirituals, to the fresh anointing of Warehouse Worship UK. 2023 MOBO Award-winner for Best Gospel Act , Limoblaze, makes a return in his own right after joining Lecrae on stage last year for their GMA Dove-nominated collaboration, Jireh. Also, StepFWD Awards’ current Male Artist of the Year, CalledOut Music, is set for a highly anticipated festival debut that is sure to see the attendance numbers go up.

“So excited to be called back for another Big Church Festival. We had an amazing time last year and so good to see the spectacular line-up for 2024. As the BCF team said, get ready for some ‘…vibrant dance moves, high-energy performances, rhythmic beats, and that epic gospel sound.’ Let’s go!”
Volney Morgan

And did we mention the Queen of African Gospel herself, Sinach? That’s right, fresh off her London live album recording, she’s bringing her undeniable grace and powerful vocals to the Big Church stage! Other top talent announced include last year’s MOBO winner, Still Shadey, along with Poetess Jess, Storm Cecile, Reblah, DJ Shunz, Praise Lubangu, Samu’el, Nizam Speaks, and many more!


Big Church Day Out – now called Big Church Festival – isn’t just a festival; it’s a full-blown gospel extravaganza. Imagine yourself immersed in a sea of uplifted voices, swaying to infectious rhythms, and soaking up the sheer joy of celebrating faith through music. Picture goosebump-inducing harmonies, soul-stirring solos, and enough positive vibes to light up the entire Wiston Estate! 

Big Church Festival was created by Tim Jupp, a founding member of Delirious, and is one of the UK’s largest outdoor Christian and gospel music events. Over 30,000 attendees from various cultures, ages, denominations and church backgrounds across UK and Europe will be at this festival. This is the ultimate ‘big church family hangout’ where you can catch your favourite band, experience something new, all while camping with friends, letting the kids enjoy the countryside and rides and so much more. There truly is something for everyone, with multiple stages and spaces catering for poetry and spoken word, worship, rap, acoustic, and all the genres in between. 

We can’t promise you won’t be tired from running to the different stages to catch the various acts, but we can guarantee an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling recharged, inspired, and overflowing with the Spirit.

So, what are you waiting for? Secure your tickets now and join us for what promises to be a landmark moment in UK Gospel history. Let’s raise our voices, lift our spirits, and celebrate the power of music and faith together! 

Visit www.bigchurch.group/2024/astepfwd to get discounted tickets.

Rainbow Entertainment to bring William McDowell and Fred Hammond to the UK

As a beacon of light in the entertainment industry, Midlands-based UK company Rainbow Entertainment has long been dedicated to promoting gospel music, recognising its profound ability to uplift, inspire and unite audiences from all walks of life. With their upcoming UK shows, they aim to amplify this message of hope and joy, reaching new heights in spreading the Gospel through the power of music.

Following on the heels of hosting Pastor William McDowell last year in two sold-out concerts in Birmingham, Rainbow Entertainment brings him back to the UK on Friday 26 April, for his first-ever headline event in London, dubbed The Promise: Worship Experience.

William McDowell, with his soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, has captivated audiences with chart-topping hits, such as I Give Myself Away and Withholding Nothing. His music transcends cultural and geographical boundaries, touching the hearts of believers and non-believers alike with its message of love, redemption and surrender.

Rainbow follows this up on 18 May, with the Worship in Spirit and Truth Gospel concert, headlined by the multi award-winning international worshipper and songwriter Fred Hammond, which also features Joe Mettle, Bishop Cortez Vaughn and Women In Praise UK

Fred Hammond, a true legend in the world of gospel music, is known for his dynamic stage presence and electrifying performances. With a career spanning decades, Hammond has garnered widespread acclaim for classics like No Weapon and We’re Blessed. His music not only entertains but also serves as a source of strength and encouragement for those facing life’s challenges.

Founded in 2014, and now celebrating 10 years of kingdom-building, Rainbow Entertainment’s commitment to promoting gospel music goes beyond just putting on a show; it’s about creating a space where souls can be nourished, spirits can be lifted, and hearts can be transformed. 

Event promoter, Pastor Stephen Mpofu of Rainbow Entertainment said: “Through our events, we aim to offer attendees not just a concert but a divine experience. Our mission is to present moments where the power of gospel music can truly be felt, fostering an environment of worship, reflection, and profound Holy Ghost experience. As we celebrate a decade of service, our commitment remains steadfast: to spread the Gospel through the universal language of music, touching and changing lives and lifting up the Name of Jesus across the globe.”

As the anticipation builds and excitement mounts, these events promise to be more than just concerts; they are a celebration of faith, unity, and the power of music to touch lives and change hearts. 

Visit www.rainbowentertainment.co.uk to get your tickets.

FWD FOCUS

2024 is in full swing, with a plethora of events and activities for youth and the young of heart. From Reblah’s amazing listening party, to DJ Shunz’s birthday games night bash, to Lurine Cato’s love event, the scene hasn’t been short of fun things to do, packed with great music! With a huge number of music releases on the UK horizon, there is also one ongoing event that stands out and deserves your attendance.

One event you can’t miss is The Grace Brunch – the UK’s BIGGEST Christian Day Party! Taking place on April 7 at Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ.

“Our very first event was at Boxpark Croydon. This saw 600 tickets sold, which blew us away. It was amazing to see so many young people gather for good food, amazing entertainment, and great fellowship, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. The next Grace Brunch is at Pop Brixton, and you don’t want to miss it, so come through and catch a vibe with us!”
Samuel John

Visit www.instagram.com/thegracebrunch/ for full details.

How Sweet The Sound will be in the Royal Albert Hall this October

Royal Albert Hall, London will open its doors to creatives from UK, Europe and beyond in the upcoming How Sweet The Sound event on 20 October 2024. Auditions are open across Europe: calling all choirs, praise teams, soloists, and spoken-word artists. This event will be hosted by Gold/Platinum multi Grammy Award-winning Donald Lawrence, with a star-studded judging panel to include Bazil Meade MBE, Karen Gibson MBE and Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE.

“Choirs across UK and Europe share a strong connection, with many of us visiting multiple countries many times each year to teach and perform. How Sweet The Sound, launching in UK/Europe this October, is progress and timely. I’m sure it will have a huge positive impact and bring even more diversity to the International Gospel Community.” 
Bazil Meade MBE

Visit www.howsweetthesound.co.uk  for more details.

Gospel music loses a quiet but remarkable force in Adebayo of 7GospelTracks

The UK recently lost Adebayo Ibukun Samuel Abimbola – a man of profound impact within the community of believers, a dedicated Christian blogger, and a passionate advocate for gospel music artists. Adebayo sadly left us after bravely facing a brief but challenging battle with cancer. We first came across him through his work with African Gospel Music & Media Awards (AGMMA) and subsequently as founder of 7GospelTracks.com. He was one half of the duo that can be credited with the transformation of the UK’s Gospel Music Industry Alliance. Long may his legacy continue, as we continue to pray for his family and loved ones.

“Adebayo was one of the humblest souls, quiet yet firm in his convictions. Although always preferring the backstage, Adebayo was a strong force and trailblazer. It was such a joy to work with him on GMIA and on many other collaborations. RIP, brother.”  
O’Neil Dennis

5 MUSIC RELEASES THAT WILL BLESS YOUR EARS

Gospel music continues to inspire with powerful voices and uplifting messages. Each artist mentioned below has a wealth of other music for you to discover, so dig deeper and find whatever else resonates with your spirit. These are just a taste of the vibrant UK gospel scene. So put on your favourite headphones, crank up the volume, and let these soul-stirring melodies bless your day!

Jason Nicholson-Porter, Smile Child

Patricia Knight-Scott, Your Love

Desola, Lily of the Valley

Volney Morgan & New-Ye, He Is

Reblah, Marie Love and TBabz, Never Leave Me

Gospel News is curated by O’Neil Dennis, the founder of AStepFWD.com, the UK Christian Charts, StepFWD Awards and more. Email info@astepfwd.com 

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