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Suede To Play Summer Forest Gigs

BrettAnderson2013Suede have announced that they will headline two outdoor concerts this June. The concerts are part of the Forestry Commission’s annual Forest Live concert series. The band’s programs are just two of the events that will take place this year around England with the aim of raising money to improve the country’s woodlands for both people and wildlife. The concerts will be at Thetford Forest on June 13 and Westonbirt Arboretum on June 21. Tickets go on sale today, February 7, at 9 a.m. You can get your tickets through the Forestry Commission website or call the box office at 03000 680400.

This won’t be the first time that Suede will perform in lush natural surroundings. Last summer, the band played the phenomenally successful English Heritage Live By The Lake concert series at Kenwood House. The outdoor concert was a smash with fans, but locals complained about noise levels throughout the summer series. Considering the fact that rocker Roger Daltrey, who selected them to be a part of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, teased them about their volume in the past, it’s possible the band might want to hand out miniature earplugs to the chipmunks and squirrels before they break into ‘Animal Nitrate.’ Daltrey, remember, is the lead singer of the Who, once considered to be the loudest rock band on the planet. Last week, Suede frontman Brett Anderson proudly recalled meeting Daltrey off-stage at Suede’s 2010 comeback gig at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘I remember coming off stage and seeing Roger Daltrey. I asked him what he thought, and he said, ‘It was great. A bit loud, though.’ So, if Roger Daltrey is saying the show was loud, that’s quite an achievement.’

It was recently revealed that Suede would return, once again, to the Royal Albert Hall in support of Teenage Cancer Trust. The band will be performing their sophomore album, Dog Man Star, in its entirety, in honor of its twentieth anniversary on March 30. Suede were hand-selected by Roger Daltrey, along with the Cure, Ed Sheeran, and Paolo Nutini to participate in this year’s festivities.

Last week, Anderson confirmed more exciting news for Suede fans. Suede are, indeed, working on the follow-up to their 2013 comeback album, Bloodsports. He told the NME: ‘We’re busy writing at the moment…We want to carry on writing and pushing forward, so we’re taking it somewhere else now. I think it’ll be out next year, as we’re just writing at the moment.’

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