Forest Live 2020 cancelled

By Jamie Hill - 5 April 2020

Arts and Culture

Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England, where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country has been cancelled.This year's Forest Live was due to take place at Westonbirt Arboretum.

  • Photo credit Lee Blanchflower

    Photo credit Lee Blanchflower

As part of Tetbury's Westonbirt Arboretum was set to host world-acclaimed musicians Keane, Madness and Rag 'n' Bone Man as well as James Morrison and Will Young between Thursday 11 and Sunday 14 June.

Forestry England statement:

We are sorry to disappoint the Forest Live fans who were hoping to see bands in the nation’s forests this summer but we have cancelled Forest Live 2020 to keep everyone safe in line with recent government guidance on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

We really hope that everyone’s support to fight COVID-19 means the situation will have improved by the summer however, as well as our valued customers, we work with a large number of volunteers, artists and contractors, to make these concerts happen and have taken this decision in the interest of safety for everyone involved. 

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to reschedule our concerts. Ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase and will be automatically refunded. We ask for your patience and understanding at this busy time.

We would like to send our deepest apologies to everyone who was hoping to see a Forest Live 2020 show. We were very excited to welcome you into forests across England to see some incredible live music.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back to Forest Live in 2021. 

Forest Live 2020 was set to feature headline performances by, among others, Jack Savoretti; Keane; Madness; Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; Rag‘n’Bone Man, across the following venues in June: Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent; Cannock Chase Forest, Staffs; Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire; Sherwood Pines Forest, Notts; Thetford Forest, Suffolk; Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos. Going to a Forest Live concert helps look after the nation’s forests sustainably, with income from ticket sales helping to create beautiful places for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and trees to grow.

Info: www.forestryengland.uk/music  

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