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Madness announce Forest Live shows for the summer

Madness have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.

Drawing on their musical roots in ska, Madness were responsible for some of the most credible pop compositions of the eighties with their ability to write songs that sparkle with the spirit of British life. Creating their trademark ‘nutty’ sound, they spent more weeks in the charts in that decade than any other group, with classic hits such as: 

‘One Step Beyond’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘Embarrassment’, ‘Grey Day’, ‘House Of Fun’, ‘Driving In My Car’, ‘Our House’ and ‘Wings Of A Dove’.

Famous for their legendary live shows, their performances exude good-humour and exuberance. In 2019, the band celebrated their 40th Anniversary, including the book release ‘Before We Was We: Madness by Madness’ and sold out Roundhouse dates in their London hometown, testament to their enduring popularity as they enter the next phase of their incredible career.

Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every year by Forestry England. It introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended a Forest Live concert in the last nineteen years. With everything needed for a great night out, including good food and drink, the concerts are well-known for their informal and relaxed atmosphere set to a spectacular forest backdrop. 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.

Commenting on the Forest Live gigs, Madness said,

“Madheads come down to the woods, you’ll be in for a big surprise!”


Madness with special guests The Farm and guest support Emily Capell

Saturday 13 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.

Saturday 20 June: Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.

Tickets £47.00 (plus £5.70 booking fee) go on sale at 9am Friday 13 December from Forestry England box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online: forestryengland.uk/music  

Notes to Editor

Forestry England supporting the nation's forest:

Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, welcoming 230 million visits every year and shaping landscapes as England’s largest land manager. For more information visit forestryengland.uk. 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.

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. 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.

Info: 

forestryengland.uk/music
madness.co.uk 

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