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Gallery - Review: The Script, Forest Live, Thetford Forest, July 2

PUBLISHED: 23:39 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:58 03 July 2015

The Script at Thetford Forest - Lee Blanchflower/99PROBS Music Media

The Script at Thetford Forest - Lee Blanchflower/99PROBS Music Media

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Chart-topping Dubliners The Script were back at Thetford last night to kick-start a weekend of big-name open-air concerts at the forest venue.

The band last played Thetford back in 2013, in the wake of lead singer Danny O’Donoghue’s exit as a coach from BBC1 talent show The Voice.

With a new – fourth – album released since then, O’Donoghue and bandmates Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, had a wealth of new material to choose from.

The show got off to a very Irish start with green balloons floating out across the forest clearing.

A Tigger-like O’Donoghue bounced across the stage, belting out Paint the Town Green from their latest album No Sound Without Silence.

He climbed down from the stage and got right up to the barrier, singing out to the fans in touching distance. He explained that while he had prayed for good weather, he wasn’t expecting such a heatwave.

No warm-up was needed because most of the audience were clearly big fans of the youthful frontman, who propelled himself to another level of superstardom through his turn on The Voice.

The band cleverly chose big hit Breakeven for their second song, freestyling to bring something extra special to the live experience.

Last summer Suede were among the acts to play Forest Live, and an almost-sombre feel made for a relaxed evening but last night’s highly-charged atmosphere was in complete contrast.

The highlight for those at the front must have been when O’Donoghue came off stage and mingled with fans, singing freely as he strolled between them before climbing back on stage.

The band chose a slightly different approach for delivering what is widely considered their signature track The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, and having already explained how it was the song that turned their lives around, it felt very emotive.

However, it did take away some of the magic of the song and when they reverted to their usual style for the final verse a cheer went up from the clearing.

As the boys came to the end of their encore - which lasted nearly as long as their actual show - the magic of the venue came into its own.

Lasers were shot from the stage and danced off the trees, creating a romantic ambience and a magical end to a compelling show.

Tomorrow night Sam Smith makes his comeback with a first live performance since undergoing throat surgery.

On Saturday night it will be Paloma Faith’s turn to take to the Thetford stage while Tom Odell takes the final slot, playing on Sunday evening.

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