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NEWS RELEASE No: 164672 MARCH 2015

Sam Smith announces Forestry Commission gig

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Sam Smith

The incredible Sam Smith has announced a very special East Anglian home show as part of Forest Live, the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Sam Smith’s multi-platinum selling album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ debuted at No.1 in the UK charts and No.2 on the US Billboard Top 200 in May 2014. His album has sold over 5 million copies globally, as well as achieving the status of being the only artist in the world in 2014 to sell 1 million albums in both the UK and US.

No. 1 singles include ‘Money On My Mind’ and ‘Stay With Me’ - the huge pop ballad which is still making waves around the world with over 4.8 million copies sold to date. Sam’s huge commercial success has also been reflected on the red carpet crowning his breakthrough into music’s top ranks in 2015 by winning four Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife.

Over Forest Live’s 14 year history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.
Sam Smith plus guests

Friday 3 July: Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.

Tickets £29.50 (plus £2.95 booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Friday 6 March from the Forestry Commission box office tel: 03000 680400, or buy online at


Release: Monday 2 March 2015

Media enquiries: James Delanoy / tel 01223 812533

Note to Editors:

1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at 18% of the country's woods and forests are managed by the Forestry Commission. In England, more than 50% of the population live within 10km of a Forestry Commission managed wood or forest.

2. The music programme was first launched in 2001 at four Forestry Commission venues. Now looking forward to its 15th season, Forest Live gigs take place at seven fantastic forest locations in England and are well known for their amazing atmosphere and top class acts. Over one million music fans have attended Forest Live concerts.