Foals announce performance at Thetford Forest this summer

Foals will perform at Thetford Forest in June

Foals will perform at Thetford Forest in June - Credit: Archant

Foals have announced they will be appearing at Thetford Forest this summer as part of the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. They’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks.

After more than a decade in the game, Foals again embrace that love for the unconventional with the bravest and most ambitious project of their career: not one, but two astonishing new albums: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. A pair of releases, separate but related, they share a title, themes and artwork. Part 1 will be released on March 8, with Part 2 following in the autumn.

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

The albums’ lead single Exits is a case in point, featuring Philippakis conjuring the image of a disorienting world via a contagious vocal melody. It’s a fresh anthem for Foals’ formidable arsenal, but also an ominous forecast.

“There’s a definite idea about the world being no longer habitable in the way that it was,” says Yannis. “A kind of perilousness lack of predictability and a feeling of being overwhelmed by the magnitudes of the problems we face. What’s the response? And what’s the purpose of any response that one individual can have?”

Foals will perform at Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk, on June 20.

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Tickets £39.50 (plus £4.45 booking fee) go on sale at 9am February 1, from Forestry Commission box office on: 03000 680400 or buy online:

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