The Foals have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission and you could win tickets!
From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. They’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks.
After more than a decade in the game, Foals again embrace that love for the unconventional with the bravest and most ambitious project of their career: not one, but two astonishing new albums: ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’. A pair of releases, separate but related, they share a title, themes and artwork. ‘Part 1’ will be released on March 8th, with ‘Part 2’ following in the autumn.
Profoundly tethered but possessing their own personalities, the two bodies capture the most compelling, ambitious and cohesive creations that Foals – completed by Jimmy Smith (guitar), Jack Bevan (drums) and Edwin Congreave (keys) – have ever produced.
Eager to break the traditional pop song structure, the 20 tracks defy expectation. There are exploratory, progressive-tinged tracks which occasionally break the 10-minute mark alongside atmospheric segues which make the music an experience rather than a mere collection of songs. Yet the band’s renowned ability to wield relentless grooves with striking power also reaches new heights.
The albums’ lead single ‘Exits’ is a case in point, featuring Philippakis conjuring the image of a disorienting world via a contagious vocal melody. It’s a fresh anthem for Foals’ formidable arsenal, but also an ominous forecast.
“There’s a definite idea about the world being no longer habitable in the way that it was,” says Yannis. “A kind of perilousness lack of predictability and a feeling of being overwhelmed by the magnitudes of the problems we face. What’s the response? And what’s the purpose of any response that one individual can have?”
The Foals will be at Thetford Forest on Friday 14th June. Tickets £39.50 (plus £4.45 booking fee) are on sale from Forestry Commission Box Office on 03000 680400 or buy online: www.forestryengland.uk/music
— COMPETITION —
Ipswich24 has got a pair of tickets to see the Foals at Thetford Forest to give away to a lucky winner. To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, just send your answer to the following question along with a daytime telephone number and your address to Thetford Forest Live Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online below. The closing date for entries is Friday 31st May 2019.
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Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every summer by Forestry Commission England. Forest Live 2019 takes place in seven beautiful woodland arenas across the country. Over 1.75 million people have attended a forest gig in the last eighteen years. With everything required for a great night out, including good food and drink, the concerts are renowned for their informal and relaxed atmosphere set to a spectacular forest backdrop. Money raised from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. Forest Live in this region takes place in Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk and this year’s headline acts are: Foals with special guests Yak – Thursday 20 June; Paul Weller with support Stone Foundation – Friday 21 June; Jess Glynne + special guest Nina Nesbitt – Saturday 22 June; Stereophonics – Sunday 23 June. For further info/tickets: www.forestryengland.uk/music and tel 03000 680400.