Review: Paul Weller, Thetford Forest, July 12


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THE heads were turning on a sultry evening in the forest last night.

As the thousands waited in anticipation for one of Britain’s greatest singer-songwriters of British popular music

to take the stage they were twisting and turning to see the scores of lookalikes of their idol Paul Weller before he thrilled his fans and followers with a dynamic 90-minute set.

The haircuts, sideboards and sunglasses were clearly evident amongst the crowd as they wandered round the fantastic setting of the arena, at High Lodge, in Thetford Forest.

The Modfather walked on to a wall of applause and pounded out a string of new and old numbers covering four decades which has seen him produce six era-defining albums with The Jam, five with The Style Council and 11 as a solo artist including his most recent number one “Sonik Kicks”.

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The ever-changing Weller continues to garner huge acclaim, respect from his peers and adulation from his loyal fan base, ensuring his high ranking mantle as a top entertainer.

He had been reported as saying that he was looking forward to being “back in the woods” as he enjoys the unique atmosphere.

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And his enjoyment was infectious with the audience who gathered in the unique forest glade to listen to him and his dynamic five-piece band.

His non-stop set included old favourites That’s Entertainment, My Ever Changing Moods, Wishing On A Star, The Changing Man, Town Called Malice and many more from his back catalogue.

Many of his unique and familiar songs from his career were also featured in the set along with numbers from his latest album.

It was another night to remember for everyone who were fortunate enough to witness such an iconic artist and his superbly talented musicians.

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