Preview: Rag’n’Bone Man / Keane / Madness

Keane are making a return to Thetford Forest (Picture: Jon Stone)
Keane are making a return to Thetford Forest (Picture: Jon Stone)

by Adam Aiken

A trio of big names will be in Thetford Forest later this month as Forest Live makes a return for 2022.

Keane – who last played at the venue in 2010 – will be the headliners on Friday, June 17.

After hitting the big time with debut album Hopes And Fears in 2004, the Sussex outfit had a string of hits and No 1 records over the next few years and became fixtures on mainstream radio.

Following a six-year break, they got back together for 2019’s Cause And Effect.

Rag'n'Bone Man plays on the Thursday
Rag’n’Bone Man plays on the Thursday

The previous evening (Thursday, June 16), Rag’n’Bone Man – a fellow Sussex alumni who hails from just up the road from Keane – will top the bill.

The genre-bending singer-songwriter, who blends blues, R&B, soul and hip-hop, was crowned British Breakthrough Act and also picked up the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2017 Brits before releasing his smash album Human.

It led to a whirlwind of activity for the baritone singer before the pandemic, and last year he released follow-up album Life By Misadventure.

Madness headline the final night
Madness headline the final night

Madness round things off on Saturday, June 18, in a sell-out show.

With the exception of a six-year break, the ska heroes have been on the scene since 1976 and they are behind a bunch of some of the most recognisable songs of the past half a decade.

Baggy Trousers, House Of Fun and One Step Beyond have already gone down as all-time classics.

Thetford Forest will host three nights of big names (Picture: Lee Blanchflower)
Thetford Forest will host three nights of big names (Picture: Lee Blanchflower)

Rag’n’Bone will be supported by Will And The People and Charlotte Jane; Keane will be joined by Flyte and Michael Conryan; and the Madness show will also see appearances by The Farm and Emily Capell.

Forest Live is organised by Forestry England, which is responsible for managing and promoting the country’s publicly-owned forests.

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