Madness announce Forest Live dates for the summer

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Madness announce Forest Live dates for the summer

Following on from sold-out Forest Live 2022 performances, Madness have announced dates for 2023 as part of the annual concert series presented by Forestry England.

Drawing on their musical roots in pop and ska, Madness are responsible for some of the most credible pop compositions of their generation with the ability to write songs that sparkle with the spirit of British life. Creating their trademark ‘nutty’ sound, they became the UK’s consummate singles group with a huge haul of hits such as ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘Embarrassment’, ‘It Must Be Love’, ‘House Of Fun’, ‘Driving In My Car’, ‘Our House’ and ‘Wings Of A Dove’. A career spanning over 4 decades in the business is testament to the band’s enduring popularity as music makers, their legendary live shows satiating the appetite of the steadfast ‘Madheads’ fanbase. The band are currently in the studio recording their first new album in 6 years.

Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series that introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 2 million people have attended a Forest Live gig in the last twenty-two 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. Last year they planted some 6.8 million trees, caring for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests sustainably and welcoming 363 million visits annually.

Madness + special guest Hollie Cook

Thursday 8 June: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.

Thursday 15 June: Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.

Tickets on sale from 9am Friday 18 November at


Notes to Editor

Forestry England supporting the nation’s forests:

Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests shaping landscapes as England’s largest land manager. For more information visit Forestry England is an agency of the Forestry Commission.

Wildlife - Forestry England manages the biggest and most diverse area of land in England. From forests to heathlands, mountains to moors, farmland to urban green spaces. Over half of our landscapes are covered by statutory designations, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks making them some of the most valuable habitats for nature. Wildlife reintroduction projects include beavers, chequered skipper butterflies, pine martens and pool frogs.

People - Forestry England encourages adventures on their 1,800 miles of trails. 99% of people live within an hour’s drive of one of our forests. 

Timber - Forestry England plants and harvests millions of trees every year to keep them sustainably supplying around half of the country’s home-grown timber. Last year 65 different species of tree were planted. The timber is used in everything from homebuilding to furniture–making.

Businesses - Forestry England supports local businesses with over 500 private companies operating in the nation’s forests.

Reducing our environmental impact - Forestry England puts sustainability at the heart of the nation’s forests and all we do. We are committed to evolving our business and organisation to become carbon-lean and climate-friendly across our forest operations, landscape management decisions and other activities. Read our environmental statement

Media enquiries:

James Delanoy / tel 01223 812533 for Forestry England