Covid roadmap from lockdown halts Forest Live as concerts are postponed until 2022
A set of outdoor summer concert series presented by Forestry England, where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country has been postponed to 2022. The news has come as a blow to music fans of all ages, who were looking forward to attending a set of four concerts held in the stunning grounds of Thetford High Lodge. The relaxed concerts draw huge crowds some of the most nature based venues you’ll find in the UK.
Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held in June that introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended the woodland gig over the last twenty years, enjoying great music and supporting the nation’s forests when buying a ticket. Going to a concert helps Forestry England create beautiful places for people to enjoy, run important conservation projects and keep growing trees. Every year they plant some 8 million trees sustainably, caring for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests and welcoming 230 million visits annually.
Forestry England released a statement today that read:
“The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown has made it clear that we cannot hold our Forest Live concerts this summer. We are extremely disappointed, but this is the best way to keep our valued customers safe, as well as the staff, volunteers, contractors and artists that make the events possible. We look forward to welcoming fans to see their favourite artists performing in the nation’s forests next year. We are delighted to confirm that all headline acts have been able to reschedule all their performances and will be joining us in June 2022. All bookings remain valid for the 2022 dates and customers will be contacted by their point of purchase. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
“We would like to send our deepest apologies to everyone who was hoping to come to a Forest Live gig this summer. We can’t wait to experience the best live music in our beautiful forests with you next year and thank you very much for your continued support.”
The annual events have ben hosted in seven forest venues throughout the UK since 2000 as part of an initiative to bring new audiences into forests and encourage people to see their woodlands. The high profile concerts are family orientated and audiences cover every conceivable age. Over the years, the woodland concerts have attracted international artists and bands including the likes of Tom Jones, Stereophonics, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Paul Weller, The Script and Gary Barlow.
The music industry has been hit badly by Covid-19 as major public gatherings were forced to abandon in the spring of 2019. International artists from Pearl Jam to the Rolling Stones and Post Malone to Liam Gallagher were forced to cancel concerts, festival appearances and world tours. As summer 2021 approaches, the coronavirus pandemic has effectively put the multibillion-pound concert industry on indefinite pause. When Glastonbury Festival doesn’t go ahead, everybody in the industry tends to follow. There is however, great news on the horizon. Forestry England have already delivered their 2022 Concert Schedule with further acts to be announced.
Full listing of confirmed dates for Forest Live 2022:
Friday 10 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.
Saturday 11 June: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.
Friday 17 June: Thetford High Lodge, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Saturday 18 June: Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.
Thursday 9 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.
Friday 10 June: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.
Thursday 16 June: Thetford High Lodge, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Thursday 9 June: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.
Sunday 12 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.
Sunday 19 June: Thetford High Lodge, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Saturday 11 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.
Saturday 18 June: Thetford High Lodge, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Sunday 19 June: Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.
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