Thousand Foot Krutch headlines Creation East/West, Sonshine festivals for first time ever
Going independent has energized Thousand Foot Krutch as its momentum continues to build following the release of the band’s 5-star acclaimed, seventh studio album, The End Is Where We Begin. After entering at No. 1 on the Hard Rock and Christian/Gospel-Mainstream, No. 3 on Alternative and Independent and No. 14 on the Top 200 Billboard charts, the recording continues to sell 41% ahead of its previous best selling album while Canada’s favorite modern rockers get ready to launch their unique blend of towering choruses, razor-sharp rhythms, epic arrangements and stadium shaking rumbles on main stages across North America during this festival season.
Billed as a top headliner for the first time at Christian music’s largest festival, Creation Festival, for its 34th annual event (6/29, www.creationfest.com/ne), as well as headlining for the first time Creation 2012 Northwest (7/19, www.creationfest.com/nw) and Sonshine 2012 Festival (7/12, www.sonshinefestival.com), THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH is also featured on the main stages at Ichthus (6/22), Alive (6/23), Kings Fest (6/28), Lifest (7/14), Ignite Fest (7/22), HeavenFest (7/28) and DownPour (8/17) festivals, among others. The band will also be featured on the Uproar Festival along with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, POD and others.
“Festivals locked TFK into their schedules early, foreseeing the success they are now having with their independently released new album and the strength of their growing fan base, the friends and family of the band,” says Tony Patoto, The Fuel Music Management Co. “Plus, TFK is spectacular live, well-known for delivering one of the industries most compelling live concerts.”
“TFK’s The End is Where We Begin is ahead of the last album's sales by 41%, which is unheard of today!” exclaims Shawn Fowler, The Fuel Music Management Co. “Digital singles’ sales numbers are even stronger; up 64%. And the festival season is sure to drive that upward momentum as the recording continues to be featured at all the major retail outlets.”
“We’ve been impressed with Thousand Foot Krutch from day one. The level of energy they bring to their live show, and their commitment to excellence in everything they do, set them apart from the pack very early on,” says Mike Snider, Head of Paradigm Talent Agency, Nashville. “Throughout the years they’ve consistently delivered the goods, and this newest record takes things to a new level. Fans and newcomers alike are sure to be blown away when the band hits the road this summer.”
“Each year we look for a band that we feel can step up to a headlining spot. The band has to have mass appeal, great music, killer live show and the stage presence to stand with other headliners like Skillet, etc.,” says Wayne Seboa, Creation and Sonshine festivals producer. “This year we all felt that Thousand Foot Krutch was ready to take that next step. The band has great songs, an amazing live show and have the maturity to entertain a crowd in that covered headline spot. I am sure that the fans will come to the same conclusion after seeing their brand new show this summer.”
In addition to the festivals, TFK is gathering significant radio airplay across multiple formats. Its adrenaline-infused Active Rock single, “Let The Sparks Fly,” hit No. 2 this week on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Octane Big-Uns Countdown (www.siriusxm.com/octane) as its CHR No. 15 and climbing single, “Be Somebody,” became the second-highest radio spin-gainer last week in the format.
The band also continues its string of sports entertainment song placements, including new songs from The End Is Where We Begin on ESPN (NASCAR, NCAA basketball), EA Sports NHL 2013 releasing this fall and, most recently, “War of Change” was named as the official theme song for WWE's “Over The Limit” pay per view event happening May 20 (www.wwe.com/music). WWE programming reaches nearly 16 million people per week in the US alone and 14 million more monthly online. “Light Up The Sky” further became the soundtrack for the L.A. Kings' (NHL) playoff reel (http://ht.ly/aFciK).
Receiving over 1,350, 5-star average customer reviews on iTunes® alone for The End Is Where We Begin, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH has found that sometimes the best way to move forward is to go back to the basics, taking all of the raw energy and emotion of the past and channeling it into the present. For those who’ve been following the Ontario-bred players since their formation in 1997, it’s been a continuously escalating highlight reel that includes best-selling albums, four top 25 Active Rock hits (including the top 20 smash hits “Fire It Up” and “Move”), plus a slew of soundtrack slots. In fact, the group has literally infiltrated every facet of pop culture, from ongoing ESPN appearances, to various NASCAR, MLB, NHL and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl), along with the “GI Joe” movie trailer, WGN-TV’s “Smallville” and EA Sports’ NHL 2010 video game.
All the latest tour dates and additional band information can be found at www.thousandfootkrutch.com, http://twitter.com/officialtfk and www.facebook.com/thousandfootkrutch, where the band has over 556,000 fans.