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Foals to play at Forest Live at Bedgebury Pinetum this summer

By Angela Cole

Foals will join Paul Weller at a festival in Kent this June.

The band join the line-up for the Forest Live gigs organised by the Forestry Commission at Bedgebury Pinetum in Goudhurst, playing on Friday, June 14.

They join acts already announced for the line-up including Paul Weller who plays on Sunday, June 16 and Hacienda Classical on Saturday, June 15.

Foals are coming to Forest Live in Goudhurst
Foals are coming to Forest Live in Goudhurst

The critically acclaimed band, with Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations to their name and 1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus more than half a billion streams on Spotify since 2015, they last played Kent in 2015, when they played Dreamland's By the Sea.

After more than a decade in the game, Foals will release two new albums, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, separate but related, Part 1 of which is released on Friday, March 8, and Part 2 following in the autumn and featuring 20 progressive-tinged tracks, some breaking the 10-minute mark.

"They’re two halves of the same locket," frontman Yannis Philippakis said. “They can be listened to and appreciated individually, but fundamentally, they are companion pieces.”

Foals is completed by Jimmy Smith (guitar), Jack Bevan (drums) and Edwin Congreave (keys). Creation of the new albums began when founding bassist Walter Gervers departed on amicable terms and his band mates decided he couldn’t be replaced.

Bedgebury Pinetum hosts the Forest Live concerts
Bedgebury Pinetum hosts the Forest Live concerts

Speaking about the albums’ lead single Exits, he said: "There's a definite idea about the world being no longer habitable in the way that it was. A kind of perilousness lack of predictability and a feeling of being overwhelmed by the magnitudes of the problems we face."

When Foals played Dreamland
When Foals played Dreamland

He added: "Lyrically, there are resonances with what's going on in the world at the moment. These songs are white flags, or they’re SOSs, or they’re cries for help… each in a different way."

Tickets for Foals on Friday, June 14, at Forest Live at Bedgebury cost £39.50 plus a booking fee of £4.45 and go on sale on Friday, February 1. To book call 03000 680400 or visit forestryengland.uk/music

Paloma Faith was one of the headliners at last year's event.

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