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Keane announce Forest Live dates for the summer

Keane has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.

The band made a welcome return in 2019 after a six-year hiatus, with their latest studio album ‘Cause and Effect’ and a triumphant sold-out UK tour. This release follows on from their succession of previous No 1 albums that have accumulated over 13 million sales worldwide: ‘Under The Iron Sea’, ‘Perfect Symmetry’, ‘Strangeland’ and debut smash, ‘Hopes and Fears’. Generating hit singles ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Everybody’s Changing’, ‘This Is The Last Time’ and ‘Bedshaped’, this first record became one of the biggest selling albums in UK chart history and made Keane one of the most popular bands both in Britain and internationally.

The birth of their new album, ‘Cause and Effect’, came as something of a surprise even to the band. Singer Tom Chaplin had released two successful solo albums but missed his old sparring partner Tim Rice-Oxley. “I found myself wondering how I had come to let this very enigmatic and important relationship in my life drift,” Tom says.

photo credit Jon Stone

Meanwhile Tim had written an album’s worth of incredibly personal songs fuelled by humour as well as pain; a break-up album. When Tom, bassist Jesse Quin and drummer Richard Hughes heard the songs, they were immediately drawn to them both sonically and lyrically.

Keane last appeared as part of Forest Live in 2010, and the upcoming dates will see them return to perform material from their extensive repertoire.

Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every year by Forestry England. It introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended a Forest Live concert in the last nineteen years. With everything needed for a great night out, including good food and drink, the concerts are well-known for their informal and relaxed atmosphere set to a spectacular forest backdrop. Going to a Forest Live concert helps look after the nation’s forests sustainably, with income from ticket sales helping to create beautiful places for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and trees to grow.

Keane plus guests

Friday 12 June: Bedgebury Pinetum, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Sunday 14 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.

Saturday 20 June: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.

Tickets £44.50 (plus £5.45 booking fee) go on sale at 9am Friday 29 November from Forestry England box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online: www.forestryengland.uk/music 

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