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Bedgebury Forest Live Concerts 2017

Bedgebury Forest Live Concerts 2017

Forest Live is the Forestry Commission’s concert series which takes place in seven fabulous forest venues, including Bedgebury, across England.

Thanks for supporting our Forest Live gigs at Bedgebury!

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 15 years 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.

Friday 16 June - Rick Astley

Rick Astley has announced he will be taking part in Forest Live 2017.

He remains one of the most successful solo artists ever to have emerged from Britain. His three decades in the spotlight have seen the music legend enter the record books for his early ground-breaking chart success, garner rapturous critical acclaim and sell-out arenas on almost every continent, as he continues to leave an indelible mark on pop-culture.

Rick Astley Forest Live concerts 20172016 has been a whirlwind for year for Rick; from a run of shows in April that all sold out immediately to a BBC Radio 2 A-list single ‘Keep Singing’ which raked in nearly 1.8m views on VEVO.  Plus his 2017 UK spring tour is already sold out!  Rick and his band have a fantastic live show which will have everyone (including the trees!) up and dancing to the classic hits as well as acclaimed new material from the number one album ‘50’.

Rick's special guest will be Rumer

Award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Rumer, blessed with effortless velvety smooth vocals will be special guest on Rick Astley’s Forest Live dates. Her beautiful soulful voice will take your breath away. Rumer, who has been called 'heir to Dusty Springfield and Karen Carpenter' by Q Magazine, has earned rave reviews for her live shows across the globe. She has performed at many festivals including Glastonbury and even a special show at the White House for Barack Obama!

Buy Tickets
Tickets cost £36.50 (plus £4.15 booking fee). No other fees apply.

Forest Live tickets are not required for children aged 5 and under, who can attend free of charge. Children aged 6 or above require a full price ticket. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. 
Access policy and carer entitlement for people with disabilities.  

Tickets now on sale from the Forestry Commission Box Office. Call us on 03000 680400 or buy online.


Saturday 17 June 2017 - Elbow - SOLD OUT!

ELB_site_150x98_ARTElbow have announced they will be playing at Bedgebury as part of Forest Live 2017.


Elbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Since their debut album, 2001’s ‘Asleep At The Back’ their stature has grown with subsequent releases such as ‘Cast of Thousands’, ‘Leaders Of The Free World’, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, ‘Build A Rocket Boys’ and 2014’s ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’ that debuted at the top of the U.K. charts.

Front man Guy Garvey’s story-telling lyrics have honed their unique identity and sound to establish the band a passionate fan base and critical acclaim on their musical journey including two Ivor Novellos and a BRIT award for Best British Band.

Elbow’s seventh studio album ‘Little Fictions’ will be released on 3rd February.

Elbow's special guest will be Steve Mason

Steve Mason who released the critically acclaimed album ‘Meet The Humans’ last year, will be special guest at 6 Forest Live shows.
Steve will be playing tracks from the new album which is shot through with a sense of renewal following Steve’s recent move to Brighton, swinging musically across dance, pop, folk, dub, and deep house influences.

Tender and joyous indie anthems.’ – The Guardian, ****
‘Songs of warmth and hope. Extraordinary’ – MOJO, ****
‘His solo creative peak’ – Q Magazine, ****

The album was produced with Elbow keyboardist and producer Craig Potter at Blueprint Studios in Salford.

Buy tickets £41.50 (plus £4.65 booking fee) No other fees apply - SOLD OUT!

Forest Live tickets are not required for children aged 5 and under, who can attend free of charge. Children aged 6 or above require a full price ticket. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. 
Access policy and carer entitlement for people with disabilities.  

Tickets for Elbow are now SOLD OUT!

Bedgebury Forest Live Venue Information

Please check the Bedgebury Forest Live Venue Information page to find out all you need to know to make your Forest Live experience a great one! You can find out about concert running times, and the Forest Live terms and conditions, including what you can and cannot bring into the arena, as well information about food and drink.

Your safety is our priority

In light of recent events, we wanted to take a moment to reassure you that customer safety at our events remains our priority and our security teams continue to be vigilant.

We will be carrying out bag searches upon entry to the event.

We would advise you to bring as little as possible with you to ensure a speedy entry to the arena. Please arrive in good time to allow for our security checks. 

Please be aware that the use of pyrotechnics as part of an event performance is at the performers’ discretion and they may still be used.

If you have any concerns during the event, please let one of our stewards know.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you to Forest Live.

Travel information

You may experience some delays on your journey to Bedgebury, and we wouldn’t want you to miss the start of the Forest Live concert, so we advise you to check the latest travel information before you leave, and allow plenty of time for your journey.

Due to ongoing major roadworks on the A21 at Pembury, there are often delays when travelling to and from that direction.

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Last updated: 15th June 2017


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01580 879820

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