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FOREST LIVE 2022 – Rumer to Support Texas at Westonbirt Arboretum June 12th 2022

Forest Live is one of the most unique settings for live music in the UK. Not your typical outdoor concert, Forest Live is held within natural woodland areas giving a beautiful setting to enjoy as well as live music.

This year, Rumer will be heading out to Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire to support Texas. A wonderful pairing, fans of Texas, if not already familiar, will undoubtedly enjoy Rumer’s music and will be well warmed up for what will be an incredible show from Texas.

Rumer has been on the music scene for a number of years. We were first introduced to her back in 2010 when she released her soulful ballad Aretha. Aretha is a song about a young girl who has no one to talk to and turns to Aretha’s music as a healing process bringing Aretha to life through her imagination so she has a confidant. The song was featured on Rumer’s album Seasons of my Soul. Since then Rumer has released various albums including her most recent B Sides and Rarities, Vol 2 the follow up to Volume 1 which was released in 2014.

Before Vol 2, Rumer released an album titled Nashville Tears where she recorded songs written by Hugh Prestwood. Rumer spoke to us about the album upon its release and you can read the interview here.

We look forward to Rumer’s set supporting Texas at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live.

Catch Rumer on her other tour dates here

Tickets for Forest Live at Westonbirt and other Forest Live shows can be bought here

Texas plus special guests: * Sam Ryder (Cannock and Delamere), # Rumer (Westonbirt).

Thursday 9 June: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.*

Sunday 12 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.#

Sunday 19 June: Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.*


Tickets are available from http://www.forestryengland.uk/music








About Forest Live

Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series presented by Forestry England. Forest Live 2022 takes place between 9-19 June and introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended a Forest Live gig in the last twenty years, enjoying great music and supporting the nation’s forests when buying a ticket. Going to a concert helps Forestry England create beautiful places for people to enjoy, run important conservation projects and keep growing trees. Every year they plant some 8 million trees sustainably, caring for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests and welcoming 296 million visits annually. Forest Live headline acts for 2022 are Keane; Madness; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds; Rag‘n’Bone Man; Texas. For further info/tickets: http://www.forestryengland.uk/music

About Rumer

Since her first album Seasons Of My Soul landed in the Top 3 of the UK Albums Charts in 2010, achieved Platinum sales status and garnered her a MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act as well as two BRIT Award nominations, British singer-songwriter Rumer has gone on to forge an acclaimed career both as a highly regarded songwriter, penning global hits such as “Slow” and “Aretha,” and also a peerless interpreter of the work of others, as evidenced on her follow-up album Boys Don’t Cry – an album of classic covers from the 1970s – plus Rumer Sings Bacharach at Christmas and This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach and David Songbook.

Rumer spent the past several years living in the American South, in northwest Arkansas, then central Georgia, where she embraced its community and culture and motherhood. Although she enjoyed her time out of the spotlight, her deep-seated desire for music discovery, which has been a constant throughout her career, eventually led her to Nashville in search of hidden gems to record. Once she heard the catalogue of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Hugh Prestwood, a songwriter whose name is spoken with reverence by his colleagues and whose work has been recorded by transcendent singers like Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, and Judy Collins, she was hooked. Her forthcoming album Nashville Tears collects fifteen of Prestwood’s finest songs, many never recorded until now, revealing truths of the heart, both intimate and universal, realistic and romantic.

About Texas

Formed in Glasgow by singer Sharleen Spiteri and bassist Johnny McElhone, their debut single, ‘I Don’t Want A Lover’ brought Texas to the world’s attention with a global hit in 1989 beginning the Scottish band’s illustrious career. Texas became mainstays of the UK charts with a raft of hits such as ‘Say What You Want’, ‘Halo’, ‘Black Eyed Boy’, ‘In Our Lifetime’, ‘Summer Son’, ‘In Demand’, ‘Inner Smile’, ‘Getaway’ and ‘Sleep’. Classic albums such as ‘Southside’, ‘White On Blonde’ and ‘The Hush’ ensured their presence among multi-million-selling artists and the journey continues with the 2021 release of their top 3 album ‘Hi’.

Commenting on the show, Sharleen Spiteri for Texas said “We last played a Forest Live show in 2011 so for us it’s a welcome return to be performing our hits in such a beautiful setting. We hope to see you there.”

At Westonbirt Arboretum very special guest, Rumer, will also perform on the night. At Cannock Chase Forest and Delamere Forest, the very special guest will be Sam Ryder. 


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