Sting and Nile Rodgers & CHIC Announce First Forest Live 2024 Shows
Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England, has announced Sting and Nile Rodgers & CHIC as the first artists performing at its 2024 shows, taking place in unique forest settings throughout June and July. More gigs will be announced across the six sites around the country.
The legendary Sting will be lighting up Delamere Forest, Thetford Forest and Sherwood Pines with his special My Songs 2024 concert. Accompanied by an electric rock ensemble, My Songs 2024 is an exuberant and dynamic show featuring his most beloved songs, written throughout Sting’s illustrious career with The Police and as a solo artist. Fans can expect to hear “Englishman In New York”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Message In A Bottle” and many more.
Musical pioneers Nile Rodgers & CHIC will bring the ultimate party to Delamere Forest, Sherwood Pines, Dalby Forest and Westonbirt Arboretum with support from British singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor and 80s inspired contemporary pop band Deco.
Nile Rodgers is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist. As the co-founder of CHIC, Nile pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak”, the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times” and “Rapper’s Delight”.
Forestry England uses the money Forest Live raises to maintain these beautiful natural areas for everyone to enjoy, run important conservation projects and keep growing trees. Last year they planted some 7.4 million trees, caring for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests sustainably and welcoming 291 million visits in 2022-23. Everyone in England lives within a one-hour drive of one of the nation’s forests. Over two million people have enjoyed the Forest Live gigs over the last twenty-three years. This year, they present the concerts in partnership with Live Nation’s Cuffe & Taylor for the first time. Gigs will take place at six forests throughout England – Delamere, Dalby, Sherwood Pines, High Lodge Thetford, Westonbirt Arboretum and Cannock Chase.
Nile Rodgers & CHIC + Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Deco
Saturday 15 June: Delamere Forest, Cheshire
Friday 21 June: Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
Saturday 22 June: Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
Friday 12 July: Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
Friday 14 June: Delamere Forest, Cheshire
Saturday 22 June: High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk.
Sunday 23 June: Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
Forest Live has launched a new website that fans can use to sign up for information, announcements and exclusive pre-sale access at forestlive.com. Tickets will be on sale from 9am on Friday 3 November.
Notes to Editors
About Forestry England
Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, with over 291 million visits in 2022/23. As England’s largest land manager, we shape landscapes and enhance forests for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow.
We are continuing the work we have already started to make the nation’s forests resilient to climate change and by 2026 we will:
- create at least 6,000 more hectares where we integrate wilding activities in our productive forests.
- increase the diversity of visitors to the nation’s forests and have one million hours of high-quality volunteer time given to the nation’s forests.
- plant at least 2,000 hectares of new, high quality, predominantly broadleaf woodlands
About Cuffe & Taylor
Cuffe & Taylor is one of the UK’s top live music, theatre and event promoters. Established for more than 10 years and part of the Live Nation family, they present breath-taking tours, festivals and shows across the UK filling football stadiums, arenas, theatres and major historical sites.
Cuffe & Taylor’s roster of artists is extensive and varied including Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Lewis Capaldi, Sir Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, Kylie, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Stereophonics, George Ezra, The Strokes, Sam Fender and Def Leppard. They also operate a hugely successful theatre touring department across the UK and internationally programming thousands of nights of entertainment ranging from live podcasts, screen-to-stage TV adaptations and musical theatre. In 2023 they were recipients of an Olivier Award, for Best Family Show, for their original production of ‘Hey Duggee - The Live Theatre Show’.
About Live Nation
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com