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Forest Live Audience waiting in for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott to come on stage at Thetford Audience waiting in for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott to come on stage at Thetford Rudimental on stage Long shot of Rudimental and audience at dusk James Bay on stage in front of audience Looking out from stage over audience with James Bay playing in foreground Simply Red on stage at Thetford

Forest Live

We've had a great time at Forest Live 2016 and we hope you did too! Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear who's playing in 2017. 

Forest Live stage at Thetford ForestSeven fantastic forest venues 

A unique chance to see the best artists in rock, pop and indie perform outdoor concerts in stunning forest venues.

From the stage - KT Tunstall at Delamere Forest Live Music concert venueSubscribe to Forest Live

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From the stage - KT Tunstall at Delamere Forest Live Music concert venueEnjoyed Forest Live 2016?

Let us know on Facebook or tweet us @fcforestlive. We'd love to hear from you! Scroll down to see what concerts goers have been saying so far.

James BayWho has performed in the forest?

From Sam Smith and Simply Red to Ed Sheeran and James Bay, find out who has performed in our fabulous forest venues over Forest Live’s 16 year history.

Here's what a few of you thought about this year's gigs:

'Our first concert in the forest - what a great night! Simply Red were brilliant. The venue took us by surprise - how well organised! The staff were helpful and friendly - car parking very straightforward and food outlets good....we will be back - although Simply Red will be hard to match!' (Thetford)

'Just come back from a concert at this venue. As a wheelchair user, i was apprehensive , but i needn't have been. The venue is well equipped, and the staff could not have been more helpful, they were absolutely excellent!' (Cannock)

'Just got back from watching paul heaton & Jacqui Abbott. Fantastic venue, easy to get in & out of, no crazy waiting times. All the staff we met were friendly & helpful. Will definitely be coming back next year & telling our friends about it '(Cannock)

'I watched Rudimental and they were absolutely amazing. I was really impressed with the facilities, parking and organisation at the event. A great venue for concerts will definitely go again and again.' (Westonbirt)

Get the scoop from some of the artists:

‘Best show of my life’ Ed Sheeran

‘It was truly a delight to play in the forests and also to realise what a beautiful and diverse landscape we have across the whole of the British isles’  Paloma Faith

‘The forest shows are all pretty magical and unique. I’d go back and play those shows any time’ James Morrison

‘Our run of forests was a great set of shows, thank you for looking after us so well’ Jim Kerr, Simple Minds

‘England and it’s wonderful forests will always have a special place in our hearts’  Debbie Harry, Blondie

Last updated: 14th September 2016

What's of interest

Forest Live is the Forestry Commission’s concert series taking place in seven fabulous forest venues throughout England. Artists for our 2017 gigs will be announced from autumn onwards.

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.