Forest Live UK Concert Series Adds The Rainband to Summer Line Up; Band To Open For Kaiser Chiefs

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Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson, a fan of the Manchester based band, personally phoned vocalist Martin Finnigan to ask The Rainband to join the lineup on Sunday July 3rd 2016 at Delamere Forest as part of the Forest Live Summer Concert Series.

Both front men are known for their captivating and energetic live performances, making this one of the most exciting gigs of the summer. Wilson said "As a band we've always loved to play outdoors, we've done fields, parks, farms, rooftops, beaches and back gardens, but this will be the first time we've played in a forest. If you go down to the woods this Summer, you're sure of a big surprise. We're really looking forward to being part of Forest Live."

The event has already sold out but a waiting list for tickets is in operation here:

For interviews with The Rainband ahead of their appearance with Kaiser Chiefs, please give me a shout.

A little more about The Rainband:

Manchester's Indie favourites The Rainband have announced the release of their new single 'Storm' on March 18th. The song is taken from their highly anticipated debut album 'Satellite Sunrise' which is scheduled for release on April 8th. Spring sees the band touring their new album across the UK as well as headlining the Italian Moto GP. As 2016 progresses, The Rainband will be returning to Glastonbury before playing alongside Paolo Nutini once again. A European tour will follow with dates to be announced in France, Italy and Spain.   

The Rainband are no strangers to the music industry with high praise and plaudits from Paolo Nutini and both Liam and Noel Gallagher. In recent years the band have had critical and commercial success with their tracks 'Rise Again' and 'Sirens' both achieving top 10 positions in the UK Indie singles chart. 2015 saw them taking to the main stage at the world famous Isle of Wight Festival in support of the legendary Fleetwood Mac, before touring Europe with Paolo Nutini. 

"These boys are one the finest bands you could see....I love the new sound of Storm."
Paolo Nutini 

"An amazing band with hearts as big as their songs" 
Clint Boon, Radio X / Inspiral Carpets 

"Manchester is Rising Again and The Rainband are the sound of it... Ones to watch"
Rolling Stone Magazine Italy

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Live Dates:
Thursday 14th April – Adelphi, Hull
Friday 15th April – Dublin Castle, London
Saturday 16th April – King Tuts, Glasgow
Thursday 21st April - UK Design Awards
Friday 22nd April – The Box, Crewe
Saturday 23rd April - Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
Wednesday 27th April - Actress and Bishop, Birmingham
Thursday 28th April - The Shed, Leicester
Friday 29th April – Academy 2, Manchester 

Tickets: online at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Rainband
18 March 2016

Founded in 2011 by frontman Martin Finnigan and guitarist Phil Rainey (former band mate of Peter Hook in Monaco), the band became a four piece when drummer Steve Irlam and multi-instrumentalist Joe Wilson joined the ranks, recently growing into a five piece with new addition bassist Sam Wilson.

The band have earned rave reviews from the likes of Liam Gallagher and Jim Kerr and are an established name on Manchester's music scene. Following tours and support slots with legendary acts such as Simple Minds, Ocean Colour Scene and The Kaiser Chiefs, the Rainband received an invitation to the British Music Awards as Rising Stars handpicked by O2.

The Rainband's single 'Rise Again' entered the top 10 indie charts upon its release in June 2012. 'Rise Again' also broke through in Italy, remaining in the Virgin charts for fourteen weeks and peaking at number 5. Released in tribute to late Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli and in aid of the Simoncelli Foundation, 'Rise Again' has helped raise over €45,000 so far. Martin Finnigan continues to work for the Foundation as UK Ambassador. 

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What is Forest Live?

Forest Live began in 2001 at four Forestry Commission venues. Now looking forward to its sixteenth season, Forest Live gigs take place at seven fantastic forest locations. The gigs are well known for their eclectic range of international artists, amazing atmosphere and their stunning locations.

By 2013 over a million concert goers had attended a Forestry Commission gig in a forest!

Thinking Forest Live is for the birds? Think Again. A plethora of eclectic artists from Oscar Nominee and Grammy winner Sam Smith to Paloma Faith to Simply Red, Spandau Ballet, Blondie, and Elvis Costello and even the sounds of summer and American favorite The Beach Boys.

Forest Live, a venue akin to the Hollywood Bowl or Jones Beach,  has been a staple for many upcoming bands, nature loving musicians and has become known as a the perfect stop on any UK summer tours.

Who has played in the forest? From Massive Attack to Jessie J and Blondie, an eclectic mix of artists have performed in our forests over the years:  Paloma Faith, Tom Odell, The Vamps, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Sam Smith, The Script, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Spandau Ballet, McBusted, James.

In Summer 2014 Paul Weller, Jessie J, Boyzone, Suede, Rebecca Ferguson, James Blunt, Katherine Jenkins, Deacon Blue, Little Mix and The Pogues.

In Summer 2013 Paloma Faith, Blondie, Paul Weller, The Script, Olly Murs, Jessie J, The Charlatans, James, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Elvis Costello.

In 2012 Plan B, Will Young, Ed Sheeran, Madness, Alfie Boe, The Darkness, Steps, The Wanted, The Wombats, Razorlight played one of the seven venues.

In 2011 Erasure, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Texas, The Script, Scouting for Girls, Status Quo, The Courteeners, Westlife; 2010' line up included Simply Red, Keane, Doves, Scouting for Girls, JLS, Blondie, Status Quo, James Morrison, Katie Melua, The Saturdays.

In 2009 Paul Weller, Doves, Simply Red, James Morrison, McFly, Sugababes, David Gray, Human League, Vanessa Mae.

In 2008 The Zutons, Crowded House, Elbow, KT Tunstall, McFly, Status Quo, Charlatans, Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland.

In 2007 James Morrison, Travis, The Feeling, Blondie, Van Morrison, The Charlatans and Jools Hollandl 2006 saw UB40, Embrace, Massive Attack, Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison and the Pet Shop Boys; an din 2005, Madness, Beautiful South, Ian Brown, Daniel Beddingfield and Jools Holland.

In 2004 Paul Weller, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland, Sugababes, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Status Quo; 2003 heard the sounds of Status Quo, Jools Holland, The Beach Boys and Courtney Pine; 2002 brought Pulp and Jools Holland.

And it its inaugural summer 2001 Levellers and Jools Holland ushered in a legacy.

Find a venue near you:

Bedgebury National Pinetum 
Near Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SJ

Cannock Chase Forest 
Near Rugeley Staffordshire WS15 2UQ

Dalby Forest 
Near Pickering, North Yorkshire Grid ref: SE 884898

Delamere Forest 
Near Linmere, Cheshire CW8 2JD

Sherwood Pines Forest 
Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG21 9JL

Thetford Forest 
Near Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0AF

Westonbirt Arboretum 
Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS

It's already sounding like a Midnight Summer's Dream.

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