Britpop stars Suede announce Westonbirt gig

Wiltshire Times: Britpop pioneers Suede are to play at Westonbirt Arboretum in July Britpop pioneers Suede are to play at Westonbirt Arboretum in July

Britpop pioneers Suede are to play at Westonbirt Arboretum in July as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert series.

Suede bounded onto the British music scene with the eponymous No. 1 debut album released in 1993 that sold over 100,000 in its first week of release, kick-starting the Britpop revolution and going on to become a Mercury Music Prize winner.

Success continued throughout the nineties with further No 1 albums like Coming Up and Head Music and top tens Dog Man Star and Sci-Fi Lullabies.

Fronted by charismatic Brett Anderson, top ten singles like Animal Nitrate, Stay Together, Trash, Beautiful Ones, Saturday Night, Lazy, Filmstar’and Electricity ensured an impressive chart presence before going on indefinite hiatus in 2003.

After re-forming for some well-received live shows in 2010-11, Suede got down to recording their sixth studio album.

Bloodsports was released in 2013 to overwhelmingly positive reviews, marked as one of the great rock comebacks and one of the best albums of the year.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship.

Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife.

Suede plus special guests will be performing at Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury.

Tickets, at £42.35 including booking fee, go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 7, from the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music

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