Seminar Programme


Title Contributors Description Where/When
Shift: How we think changes what we do Ben Keesey (Invisible Children) What will the world look like when the millennial generation breaks down the walls and barriers we put between ourselves?  By proving the universal through the specific, Invisible Children shows that with powerful story and experience comes transformative PalladiumSaturday
Noise: Rhythm Clinic with NewWorldSon NewWorldSon The Noise session to end all Noise sessions! Gather at the feet of Motown alumni Leroy Emmanuel (Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson), Canadian session pro John Irvine and ‘Hard Hittin’’ Mark Rogers for an unforgettable extended Bass, Drums and Guitar masterclass.The trio, who have been playing together for over a decade might even treat you to a trip through the smokey Orleans jazz clubs with a few smashing standards too. DeluxeSaturday
The Artisan Soul: Essence Erwin McManus We all carry within us the essence of an artist.  Erwin will call us to reclaim our creative essence, and reveal how we can craft our lives into a work of art.  There are no shortcuts to quality, and Erwin will unwrap the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves. PalladiumSaturday
Noise: 20 Years and Running Mike Herrara (MxPx) Ever since starting a Bremerton skate punk band called MxPx in 1992, Mike Herrara has been an indomitable force in the music scene. Whether pioneering the Christian punk scene as part of the fledgling Tooth & Nail collective, or nodding the hat to his songwriting influences as a solo artist, Herrara has seen over two decades within the ever-evolving music industry. Pick Herrara’s brain in this intimate Q&A about longevity in the industry. White ElephantSaturday
One Voice: The Bullying Epidemic Stan WalkerNakita TurnerYouthline The past few years have cast a steady spotlight on our country’s bullying issue.Hear from two artists who have chosen to use their voice to combat the bullying epidemic in New Zealand and get some tips on how to keep yourself safe. MassiveSaturday
200 years of the Gospel in NZ Jay Lucas (Edge Kingsland) On Christmas day this year, New Zealand marks her 200th anniversary since the stories of Jesus were first told in our land. The effect is a tale of epic proportions. Jay Lucas talks about what our history means for our future. White ElephantSaturday
Is Christian Music Dead? A conversation with Michael Gungor Michael Gungor (Gungor)Mark de Jong (CEO, Parachute Music) What is Christian Music? Can music have a faith? Isn’t everything spiritual? Are we arguing about a label on a CD rack, a subculture of the music industry? Is there more at play here? What does it really look like for a Christian musician to be in the world, but not of it?Hear Parachute Music CEO Mark de Jong and Gungor frontman Michael Gungor dive headfirst into an age-old argument. MassiveSaturday


Title Contributors Description Where/When
The Artisan Soul: Process Erwin McManus We all need to create, to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true, in order to allow our souls to come to life.  It’s not only the quality of the ingredients we use to build our lives that matter, but the care we bring to the process itself.  Just like baking artisan bread, it’s a process that’s crafted over time.  And God has something to say about how we craft our lives.  Erwin will walk us through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder. PalladiumSunday
The Uprising: The Brian Sumner Story Brian Sumner From Liverpool, England to Huntington Beach, California, Brian Sumner lived the pro-skate dream. He rode for Tony Hawk’s company, was an icon in his field, and married the woman of his dreams. Then it all fell apart in a a chaotic turn of anger and relational disfunction. Sumner shares his story of the ultimate 180 turn. DeluxeSunday
Q&A: Dave Dobbyn Dave Dobbyn With a 40-year career behind him, and a freshly minted place in the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, Dave Dobbyn is one of our great national treasures. Pull up a pew as we spin a yarn with  NZ’s beloved bard. PalladiumSunday
Justice: Why Should I care? Aimee Cringle (Christians Against Poverty)Daniel Walker (Nvader)Will Watterson (Global Poverty Project) Social justice is one of the tenets of the Christian life, but in the modern age, it can take many forms and be fought on many different platforms. Whether you’re getting your hands dirty overseas, harnessing the mass-paradigm shifts of social media, or waging wars in your own backyard, justice is an important part of our faith.A broad panel of justice champions will talk about their different spheres and what it looks like to them. DeluxeSunday
Noise: Vocal Myths Debunked Joel Parisien (NewWorldSon) NewWorldSon’s Joel Parisien addresses some common well-intentioned but misguided tips vocalists receive that actually lead to poor technique and potential injury, and prevent us from reaching our full potential. MassiveSunday
Christianity 101 Jay Lucas (Edge Kingsland) You’ve bought the book and said the prayer…now what? What does everyday faith look like in the 21st century? White ElephantSunday
Noise: Drum Clinic Aaron Gillespie Gather round the drumstool for a practical workshop with Aaron Gillespie, all-time heavy hitter who’s played backbone to the likes of Underoath and Paramore. White ElephantSunday
Parachute Music: Why, How & What’s Needed Mark de Jong (CEO, Parachute Music)Paul Colman Parachute Music’s mission is an audacious one. What does it mean to “shift pop culture”, and how can you help us do it? RewiredSunday

Parachute’s Gotta Lotta Talent

Your favourite Festival institution returns for another year. Singers and musicians – show us you’ve got the goods and you could be showing everybody on the Mainstage.

You’ve got 90 seconds on stage to impress our panel of judges – make sure you bring along a backing track or instrument.

  • Registrations – Friday, 2pm-3pm, Palladium
  • Auditions – Friday, 3pm-5:30pm, Palladium
  • Semi-finals – Saturday, 1pm, Palladium
  • Finals – Sunday, 9.05pm, Mainstage

Kids Programme

Let us look after your pint-sized punters at Parachute 2014! Our Kid’s Programme is jam-packed with music, activities and special guests.

The Parachute Kid’s Programme runs from 8.30am on Saturday and Sunday with a lunch break then returning for the afternoon programme and finishing up at 3pm.

Please note that the Parachute Kids Programme is for school years 1-6 only.

Doors open Saturday and Sunday at 8.30am. Kid’s programme is capped at 400 places.

Fun Stuff


Part-Cherokee tribe, part-fairytale troupe, Australia’s Tigertown has woven their spell on us for years with their alt-folk magic. This year the band brings their Fantasy Winter Wonderland show Down Under; an unmissable journey into Narnian corridors and snow-covered forests. Intrigued? Take a walk through the archways and see for yourself.

  • Where: Deluxe
  • When: Sunday 2pm-3pm


“Part rock documentary, part surf film and part travelogue”,  Fading West follows avid surfers Switchfoot on their recent world tour, one that saw them hit locations like Jeffreys Bay and Crayfish Factory (South Africa), Bronte Beach (Australia), Uluwatu in Bali, and our very own Raglan beach. Watch the band throw themselves into a voyage physical, emotional and musical.

It’s our huge pleasure to be presenting the New Zealand premiere of ‘Fading West’ at Parachute 2014!

  • Where: Palladium
  • When: Saturday, Midnight


Raid your local thrift shop, grab some swag and dress up to get down at the Op Shop Ball! Swing the night away with soul superstars Late 80’s Mercedes. There’ll be prizes for the best dressed, and vendors will be onsite to help you with your hair and makeup!

  • Where: Palladium
  • When: Friday 10pm-11:30pm


Sponsored by Excel School of Performing Arts, the Blackboard Sessions are your chance for an impromptu Festival slot. We provide basic backline and a 30m slot, you bring the show.

Sign up from Friday at the Excel tent in the Village – they’ll contact selected bands with a slot. BYO instruments.

  • Where: White Elephant
  • When: Friday  2.00pm-5.00pm, Saturday  11am-1:30pm, Sunday  11:30am-2:00pm


2013 saw Juliagrace hunkered down in an old historic church building to record a collection of hymns, channeling the songs of our forefathers under stripped-back vestry rafters. Join her for a specially curated night of worship as the old hymnbook is brought alive with beautiful 21st century treatment.

  • Where: Deluxe
  • When: Saturday 7:50pm-8:50pm


14 voices, boasting eclectic and unique worldviews will gather on the Massive stage for a night of spoken word, slam poetry and storytelling. Join the SAPC for a night of modern day oratory from some of the best in the country.

  • Where: Massive
  • When: Saturday 10:50pm-11:50pm


They spent 2013 charming us onscreen, now a selection of the first class of NZ’s X-Factor is live onstage in a special Parachute showcase.

Including: Gap 5, Maaka, Moorhouse, Benny Tipene

  • Where: Palladium
  • When: Sunday 5:15pm-6:15pm


See you in the club 2014! Rewired dance parties return to Parachute Festival, boasting the country’s best DJ’s in a club venue from 9pm-midnight each night. Festival headliners will drop in for guests DJ sets during the weekend too!

  • Where: The Gallagher Building
  • When: Friday-Sunday 9pm-12am


Come on over, we’re putting on the kettle. The Leprosy Mission Over 40s Tea Party returns with laid-back afternoon fun and special guest performances in the sun.

  • Where: Kid’s Venue
  • When: Sunday 4pm-5:30pm


Taking place on Sunday morning from 8am – 11am, Sanitarium brings you the most important meal of the day – and it’s free!

  • Where: Mainstage Alley
  • When: 8am-11am


Up and at ‘em campers! Work off those late-night village donuts with a dose of morning exercise in the Deluxe.

  • Where: Deluxe
  • When: Saturday & Sunday 8am-9am
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