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2 NIGHTS FILLED WITH JOYFUL SOUNDS

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Orlando is the place to rock your religion this weekend, with Night of Joy at Disney and Rock the Universe at Universal. Here's a rundown of the two-day Christian music festivals:

Night of Joy

Female-fronted Flyleaf, rap-metal band P.O.D. and American Idol faveMandisa (pictured) join a lineup that ranges from Christian hard rock to hip-hop. The fest runs from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Interstate 4, Exit 64, Lake Buena Vista. Special event ticket includes park admission: $49.95 advance (one day), $54.95 day of event (one day), $84.95 (two days). (407) 934-7639. The lineup:

Friday: Chris Tomlin, P.O.D., newsboys, Kutless, NeedtoBreathe, Leeland, Superchick and Francesca Battistelli.

Saturday: MercyMe, Flyleaf, Skillet, Jars of Clay, Family Force 5, GRITS, Mandisa and Revive.

Go to disneyworld.disney.go.com and search for Night of Joy for more information.

Rock the Universe

Alterna-rockers Switchfoot and soft rock Casting Crowns head up this fest, which also includes celebrity speakers and a candle-lighting service (Saturday). It runs from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Universal Studios, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando. Special event ticket includes park admission: $49.99 advance (one day), $54.99 day of event (one day), $79.99 (both nights advance), $84.99 (both nights day of event). Toll-free 1-800-837-2273. The lineup:

Friday: Switchfoot (pictured above), David Crowder Band, Jeremy Camp, Pillar, Fireflight, Remedy Drive and Seven Stories Up.

Saturday: Third Day, Casting Crowns, tobyMac, Hawk Nelson, the Afters, Group 1 Crew and New Method.

Go to rocktheuniverse.com for more information.