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Tom Jones on stage as part of Forest Live 2017 View of the stage from the back of the audience Guy Garvey on stage

Forest Live

We've had a great time at Forest Live 2017 and we hope you did too! Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear who's playing in 2018. 

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 2017?

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.

Forest Live 2017Who has performed in the forest?

From Sir Tom Jones and Rick Astley 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:

Just attended this event for the 6th year running - it really is something special and if you haven't been you’re missing out! The local camping and apres concert atmosphere adds to a great experience that offers everything from quality music to escapism from modern day trappings! Roll on next year! (Dalby)

We are great live performance fans from Arenas to smaller venues and now a forest concert. We had the pleasure of being at Guy & Elbow concerts at Delamere. I can't praise the event organisers enough for being so disability sensitive. (Delamere)

We went to see Clean Bandit on Sunday evening it was my little boy 10th birthday. Fantastic memories. Excellent organisation, child friendly, great job High Lodge (Thetford)

Myself and my Mrs went to see Rick Astley. I was hesitant, but just wow! He was great, better live than recorded, we both agreed, but the best bit was the venue. Acoustically superb and very, very well done. I can't fault it. Thank you (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: 6th September 2018

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 2018 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.