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Thousands of people are descending on Mystery Creek in Hamilton today for the Southern Hemisphere's largest multi-day music festival.

The headline acts at Parachute 2009 include Casting Crowns, Atlanta crunk-rockers Family Force Five, David Crowder Band, Portland's Kutless and New Zealand's Dave Dobbyn.

The bands representing the local scene include Parachute Band, Rapture Ruckus, Mumsdollar, Nathan King, Kingston and All Left Out.

A crowd of more than 25,000 is expected for the three-day Christian event.