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Clean Bandit are coming to Thetford – five other bands who have played Forest Live

11:47 13 February 2017

Cambridgeshire singer Sam Smith who will be performing this summer at Thetford Forest

Cambridgeshire singer Sam Smith who will be performing this summer at Thetford Forest

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With Clean Bandit announced as the latest band to perform at the hugely-popular Forest Live in Thetford, here’s a look at some other top performers who have wowed the crowds in years gone by.

• Sam Smith: July 3, 2015

The superstar shot to even further international acclaim in 2015 after he penned James Bond song Writing on the Wall, which accompanied the film Spectre in the autumn. However, just a few months before he was at Thetford, telling the crowds he used to visit the forest as a boy. Our reviewer described his performance as “mesmerising”.

The Script, July 11, 2013, and July 2, 2015

The band have played twice at Thetford with the reviewer noting they did not want to leave the stage in 2013 as they were having such a good time. Frontman Danny O’Donoghue had put the band even more in the spotlight with his time as a judge on BBC talent show The Voice.

• James Bay, July 1, 2016

The singer/songwriter labelled last year’s show in Thetford as “the biggest headline show I’ve ever done”, which is even more impressive given his CV already includes the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.

• Paloma Faith, July 4, 2015

Labelled “sublime” by our reviewer, Paloma Faith’s performance two years ago wowed a 9,000-strong crowd. Performing in exceptional heat and fanning herself between songs, she even included a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze before rounding off with Changing, her collaboration with electronic dance duo Sigma.

• Rebecca Ferguson, June 12, 2014

Despite battling through hayfever, the X Factor singer impressed with her vocal range at an intimate performance that even saw a couple get engaged during her show.

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