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Fairies, hairology and skinny hips: James Bay was an absolute bae at ‘Forest Live’ Festival


With more hairology than a Beyonce concert, James Bay gave a stonking, guttural performance at Cannock Chase on Friday night.

One of the ‘Forest Live’ summer music events, could there be a more atmospheric setting than a forest lined basin in the heart of the most picturesque Staffordshire countryside? Walking at dusk through a fairy lit woodland path to the “arena” added to the spine tingling feeling that this really was something quite special.

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Unlike the city day festivals that come with an added element of “edge” as you avoid crowds of madness and bottles of wee being chucked about, the Forest Live concerts have a real family flavour.  The crowd is friendly, smiley and  fully prepared with temporary tattoos, picnic chairs and plastic cups of rosé. This Staffordshire crowd could not be more happy to be here.

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As the sun set and the breeze dispersed clouds of dust through the forest, the crowd sang along to ‘Let It Go’ and feasted on the glorious eye candy of James and his skinny-hipped band. What a brilliant bunch of musicians! Who are they? How can we stalk them on social media?

Incredible. Thanks so much Cannock Chase 🌄👌 xx (📸 @doctorknox )

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James Bay’s voice is a sensation live. In a set that comprised of a rocking ‘Proud Mary’ and ended with the crowd pleasing ‘Hold Back the River’, his voice reverberated through the forest beautifully. A friend’s parents who lived nearby set up a bonfire in the garden to witness just a little of that live James Bay magic, albeit from a distance across the chase. It’s no surprise this event is sold out year after year. What a gorgeous way to spend an evening!

Tweet us @maximumpop if you felt the love and magic at James’ ‘Forest Live’ gig.

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Written by David Farrell

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David is the Head of Content at Maximum Pop!

Having studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Leeds, David moved to Moscow to work in the education sector. Upon returning to UK soil, David initially immersed himself in the wonderful world of MP! as a music writer.

Now head of all things content, David takes being a music fanboy to a whole new level, and can often be found dancing like there's nobody watching to 'Shout Out To My Ex', obsessing over Lauren Jauregui and defending Taylor Swift's honour.

David once appeared on TV in Armenia. Apparently, "it was awesome".