After becoming the first Christian artist to sell out Staples Center in Los Angeles, logging sold out events at major venues coast-to-coast this winter/spring and subsequently gathering Pollstar Magazine’s April 11 “Hotstar” cover feature, modern worship band Hillsong UNITED returns to North America this summer to pick up where they left off.  Hitting primarily the Midwest for the first burst of tour dates in June, the band announces today 11 newly added August events throughout the Southeast, as well as into Canada.  Singing the favorites that have helped sell over 11 million albums, the band will also play songs from AFTERMATH, Hillsong UNITED’s acclaimed 2011 release that topped retail sales charts internationally, hit No. 17 on the Billboard Top 200 and continues to be its fastest selling album ever.

Premier Productions, which promoted the Staples Center event, as well as promoted sold out Hillsong UNITED events earlier this year at such major market venues as ShoWare Center (Seattle), Warfied Theatre (San Francisco), Memorial Auditorium (Sacramento), Music Hall (Dallas), Berry Center (Houston), Gwinnett Center (Atlanta), Hammerstein Ballroom (New York City) and two back-to-back events the same night at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, announces that tickets will go on sale June 3 for all the August dates.  Information on how to purchase tickets can be found through www.PremierProductions.com, with a special pre-sale offer using the promotional code “aftermath” available on this website beginning June 1. (All tour dates are listed below. Tickets for the Toronto, ON date 8/13, being promoted by Unite Productions, are already on sale: http://uniteinworship.com/.)

“The appeal of Hillsong UNITED is their love for the Church and creating an atmosphere where people engage and express their faith through dynamic worship music that creates an incredible unified experience,” says Shane Quick, owner and vice president of the concert division with Premier Productions. “To hear thousands of people singing together at the top of their lungs for three hours is nothing short of amazing.”
“There is a real sense of perseverance within our team, not performance,” says Hillsong UNITED member Joel Houston.  “In 2011, we are pushing the boundaries and stretching ourselves; musically, lyrically and believing that God is going to do things He has never done before.”

While on tour, and in response to nationwide food bank deficits, Hillsong UNITED is partnering with local churches and agencies to again facilitate an I-HEART :: This Means Love Food Drive in each city they visit.  “Yes, the world is a mess but the Good News is that it can get better; all it takes is a little more love and unity,” says Hillsong UNITED’s Jad Gillies as he urges people attending the tour to bring to the event non-perishable food to help meet the needs of their neighbors.  Over 7,000 family meals were collected for those that need them most during the Feb/March US leg of the tour.

The full summer tour itinerary follows:

Mon, June 13 Milwaukee, WS Bradley Center
Tue, June 14 St Louis, MO Family Arena
Wed, June 15 Wilmore, KY Ichthus Festival at Ichthus Farm
Fri, June 17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Sat, June 18 Austin, TX Cedar Park Center
Mon, June 20 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Tue, June 21 Mineral City, OH Alive Festival at Atwood Park Lake Amphitheatre
Fri, Aug. 5 Tampa, FL SPT Forum (Arena)
Sat Aug. 6 Miami, FL American Airlines
Mon Aug. 8 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theatre
Tue Aug. 9 Greenville, SC BILO Center
Thu Aug. 11 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat Aug. 13 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Mon Aug. 15 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
Tue Aug. 16 Columbus OH Veterans Memorial
Thu Aug. 18 Nashville, TN Allen Arena, Lipscomb University
Fri Aug. 19 Greensboro, NC GSO – Coliseum
Sat Aug. 20 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion

Born out of the Youth Movement of Australia’s Hillsong Church, and fronted by worship leaders Joel Houston, Jad Gillies and Jonathon “JD” Douglass, the UNITED team is also an evolving collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters – all intentional about giving voice to a generation passionate about God. Having led worship in churches, stadiums and open fields in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, Hillsong UNITED’s AFTERMATH is the first new album from the band in over two years.  The recording sparked the band’s biggest radio hit to date, “Search My Heart,” and offers an unabashedly creative collection of new songs that celebrates the One who saves, redeems and is the true representation of Hope in a world where hopelessness abounds.

More information on Hillsong UNITED can be found at www.hillsongunited.com and www.facebook.com/hillsongunited, where the band has over 1.93 million friends.

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