Westonbirt Arboretum announce Summer live music lineup as part of Forest Live 2018

Westonbirt Arboretum announce Summer live music lineup as part of Forest Live 2018

Posted on: 11 Jan 2018

Four huge live shows have been announced for the Westonbirt Arboretum this summer, with George Ezra, The Script, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott unveiled as headlines acts, and one very special guest still to be announced! The shows will be a part of the Forest Live 2018 sessions, taking place in June and July at Cannock Chase Forest and Thetford Forest as well as the Arboretum.

English singer-songwriter George Ezra will play at the Westonbirt Arboretum on Sunday 17th June as part of the 2018 Forest Live sessions.

The first of the four special live shows at the Westonbirt Arboretum sees pop-rockers The Script take the stage on Thursday 14th June. The band are one of the most UK acts of the last decade, having sold over 29 million records. Their latest release, Freedom Child, topped the UK Album Chart and became the band's fourth offering to do so after The Script, Science and Faith, and No Sound Without Silence. The Irish three-piece have also made a name for themselves as a stellar live act, having sold over 1.4 million tickets for 203 headline shows over the years. 

Tickets for The Script at the Westonbirt Arboretum are on sale now, and can be found here.


Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are scheduled to play the Arboretum's second Forest Live 2018 show on Friday 15th June, treating audience to a special mix of their own releases alongside classics from The Housemartins and The Beautiful South. Paul Heaton, one of the most successful UK songwriters of all time with over 10 million album sales under his belt, made a name for himself in the early 80s with indie-poppers The Housemartins. In 1988 he formed The Beautiful South, with Jacqui Abbott becoming the band's lead vocalist in 1994 and going on to sing many of their signature hits such as Rotterdam and Dream A Little Dream. The pair will be supported at the Arboretum by special guest Billy Bragg. 

Tickets for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at the Arboretum are on sale now, and can be found here.


The Arboretum will be holding a special live show on Saturday 16th June, with the headline act yet to be unveiled. Follow updates on the Forest Live 2018 Facebook Page for the announcement, coming soon.


Perhaps the biggest act to be announced so far is English singer-songwriter George Ezra, due to play the Westonbirt Arboretum on Sunday 17th June. One of the biggest selling male solo artists in recent times, Ezra's debut album, Wanted On Voyage, is certified quadruple platinum in the UK, reaching Number 1 in the UK Album Chart and spending 122 weeks in the chart overall. Since then, he has been on three sold-out UK tours, as well as being nominated for numerous BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello Award. 

Tickets for George Ezra at the Westonbirt Arboretum go on sale at 9am on Friday 12th January, and can be found here.


The Westonbirt Arboretum is located just outside of Bristol, in Tenbury (GL8 8QS). For more information on Forest Live 2018 and to follow ticket updates, visit the Forestry Commission England website.

Article by:

Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He is keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends live music and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.