When you think of Thetford Forest you think of trees, tranquillity, relaxing picnics and a gentle stroll or for the more energetic maybe a cycle ride or a visit to one of the many on-site attractions. But deep in the heart of the Forest at High Lodge is a unique live concert venue offering a selection of well know bands and musicians for all tastes throughout the Summer.
The forest tour was launched in 2001 with Jools Holland and the Levellers performing at four participating Forestry Commission sites – Sherwood, Dalby, Bedgebury and Thetford. The concept was to attract major acts for a series of concerts in outstanding locations.
Thursday 9th June saw the legendary Status Quo perform their only show date in the Eastern Region in 2011. Their support act was The Last Republic – tipped to become the next big band to emerge from Wales. With soaring, bittersweet vocal melodies set against a sonic landscape of distorted grandeur, The Last Republic’s anthems for a generation and call-to-arms manifesto question the industrial illusion and the perceived progress of the modern world.
9.45pm and chants from the crowd for Status Quo gather in pace and in volume. A prolific touring and recording act, they have accumulated total world-wide record sales exceeding 118 million units, with 29 of their 39 album releases making the UK top 20. Classic hits like ‘Caroline’, ‘Down Down’, ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, ‘Whatever You Want’, ‘Marguerita Time’ and ‘In The Army Now’ contribute to a presence of over seven and a half years on the British singles chart.
They didn’t disappoint – with songs from old and new even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of the night.
Live music in Thetford Forest offers a relaxed atmosphere where the audience are encouraged to bring their own chairs and picnics, great parking and refreshment facilities all on site.
A fantastic and unique venue for a great band that has quite simply become a rock’n’roll instition.
If you haven’t been yet then give it a go I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised !
Review supplied by: Julie Howes