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On the day

Will the concert go ahead if it's raining?

Concerts will go ahead regardless of weather, except in extreme conditions where the venue is deemed unsafe or unfeasible to hold the event.

We advise all customers to wear suitable clothing and footwear for an outdoor event. Unfortunately, we do not permit umbrellas to be taken into the arena. We recommend bringing a raincoat.

How will I find out if the event is cancelled?

Our concerts are only cancelled in extreme circumstances. Every effort is made to proceed with the event, but if there is a need to cancel, the person who bought the tickets will be contacted via email.

Information will also be published on our website and via our Facebook and Twitter

Tickets will only be refunded if the event is cancelled by the organisers. See terms and conditions for full details.

Is food and drink available?

A fully licensed bar and a variety of food and drink outlets are available at all venues. Most bar and food outlets accept card payments, however, as there are no cashpoints on site we strongly advise you bring some cash as well.  

A challenge 25’ policy is in operation at the bar. You may be asked to present your ID when purchasing alcohol. Acceptable forms of ID are passport, driving licence or the government proof of age scheme card. If you do not have ID when challenged, you will not be served.

Food vendors cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. We encourage you to discuss any allergies or intolerance with the food vendors on site.

Is seating provided and do you reserve seats?

Seating is not provided or reserved. You are welcome to bring folding chairs or blankets, but you will not be permitted to bring these into the standing-only area directly in front of the stage.

Please be aware, the audience may choose to stand throughout the event in any part of the arena. You cannot claim a spot with chairs or blankets and leave it unattended.

Do you have screens?

Generally, we do not use screens at Forest Live concerts. Unlike stadium venues, all our arenas are of a size where it is possible to see the stage.  Our venues are unseated, so customers can move around freely to find their own preferred viewing position. 

We are committed to keeping ticket prices as low as possible and hire of the screen, associated cameras and staff significantly increases the cost of putting on the event which would be reflected in the ticket price.

Will there be laser and strobe lighting?

Laser and strobe lighting may be used at some events. Check the venue pages for more details, or if you have any accessibility concerns please see our Forest Live Access Statement.

Can I see major sporting events?

We will not be showing any major sporting events at our Forest Live concerts.

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Everything you need to know about booking and receiving your tickets.
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Items you can and cannot bring into the arena.
Paul Weller performing on stage at Cannock Chase
How to get to our venues and essential timings.
Aerial photo of the Forest Live stage at Thetford
Find out more about how we manage our Forest Live events for minimal environmental impact.

Contact us 

How can I get in touch?

The Box Office is staffed Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (plus email support 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday during concert weekends).

Aerial view concert outdoors in a forest
Photo credit: David Barrow