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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 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 for more information.