The forest tour was launched in 2001 at four Forestry Commission venues. Now looking forward to it's 15th season, Forest Live gigs take place at seven fantastic forest locations in England and are well know for their amazing atmosphere and top class acts.
2014 Paul Weller, Jessie J, Boyzone, Suede, Rebecca Ferguson, James blunt, Katherine Jenkins, Deacon Blue, Little mix and The Pogues.
2013 Paloma Faith, Blondie, Paul Weller, The Script, Olly Murs, Jessie J, The Charlatans, James, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Elvis Costello.
2012 Plan B, Will Young, Ed Sheeran, Madness, Alfie Boe, The Darkness, Steps, The Wanted, The Wombats
2011 Erasure, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Texas, The Script, Scouting for Girls, Status Quo, The Courteeners, Westlife.
2010 Simply Red, Keane, Doves, Scouting for Girls, JLS, Blondie, Status Quo, James Morrison, Katie Melua
2009 Paul Weller, Doves, Simply Red, James Morrison, McFly, Sugababes, David Gray
2008 The Zutons, Crowded House, Elbow, KT Tunstall, McFly, Status Quo, Charlatans, Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland
2007 James Morrison, Travis, The Feeling, Blondie, Van Morrison, The Charlatans and Jools Holland
2006 UB40, Embrace, Massive Attack, Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison and the Pet Shop Boys.
2005 Madness, Beautiful South, Ian Brown, Daniel Beddingfield and Jools Holland
2004 Paul Weller, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland, Sugababes, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Status Quo
2003 Status Quo, Jools Holland, The Beach Boys and Courtney Pine
2002 Pulp and Jools Holland
2001 Levellers and Jools Holland
The initial concept was to attract major acts for a series of concerts in outstanding locations. Previous to 2001 Thetford and Westonbirt had been independently running limited but successful concert programmes.
Over the years the tour has grown and the Forestry Commission is now a major promoter of summer concerts and, with the addition of Delamere Forest and Cannock Chase, Forest Live events are staged at seven forest venues.