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Review: Elbow at Thetford Forest Live concert were ‘magnificent’

PUBLISHED: 23:17 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 01 July 2017

Lead singer Guy Garvey was said to lead the band and audience in an effortless manner. Picture: NATALIE SADLER

Lead singer Guy Garvey was said to lead the band and audience in an effortless manner. Picture: NATALIE SADLER

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Fresh from their secret Glastonbury gig, Elbow were in Suffolk (well, nearly) tonight and it was magnificent.

Their unique sound creates an unusual calmness among any audience, and with a slightly older crowd at High Lodge, in Thetford Forest there was a real relaxed atmosphere throughout.

The set list jumped through their various albums, saving the highlight - One Day Like This - until the end.

Guy Garvey’s voice was crystal clear throughout, perhaps a result of all the fresh East Anglian air he was inhaling.

He is a clear professional, leading the band and the audience in an effortless manner, which is quite mesmerising to watch.

The Forest Live concerts are performed in the glade at High Lodge and the sounds travels beautifully between the trees.

As the night went on and darkness fell, the AV team stepped up the light show to build up to the crescendo of the night - the encore.

Elbow returned to the stage with crowd pleasers Lippy Kids and Grounds For Divorce. A good choice to round off a successful first night of live music.

Forest Live continues throughout the weekend, with Clean Bandit rounding off the four-night series on Sunday, July 2.

The weather always seems to catch you out at these open-air concerts, but the dip in temperatures this week it appears people were more prepared than usual with blankets, waterproofs and boots all in abundance - don’t forget yours if you are going to Thetford this weekend.

Theatre in the Forest returns to Jimmy’s Farm as Shakespeare meets the wild west (with a dash of Richard Curtis) in Red Rose Chain’s As You Like It.

Katherine Jenkins is one of the few artists who could look perfectly picturesque gliding towards the Waterfront Stage at Latitude Festival.

Festival goers to Latitude put their best fashion foot forward at the Suffolk festival.

The melodic guitar riffs blared out with a bouncing success as Two Door Cinema Club took to the Obelisk stage on Saturday afternoon.

Skies were looking grim over the main stage but the chilled, dance anthems of Milky Chance managed to just keep the weather at bay, and get everyone in the crowd dancing and jumping in time with the guitar beat.

American comic Reginald D Hunter was at his offensive best despite having to perform his set from a wheelchair after breaking a leg.

With his charming good looks and energy filled set, it’s hardly surprising the comedy tent was filled with enough young girls to rival a One Direction concert.

It’s hard to believe this wry and witty comedian started out as a corporate lawyer, although then again it’s not.

Lucy Rose, Skott and Joel Dommett were among the acts to strut their stuff on Saturday afternoon at Henham Park as Latitude Festival continued.

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