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REVIEW: Foals, Thetford Forest




The sounds of Indie Rock reverberated around a Norfolk forest yesterday evening as a popular band came to the county as part of their headline UK tour.

Foals shot to prominence through their hit 'My Number' in 2012, which was performed in Thetford last night alongside more recent tracks from their new fifth album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1.

Crowds of all ages descended on Thetford Forest and were soon bouncing along to the distinctive and fast-moving sounds of the six-piece group.

Following on from support acts Kiev and Yak, the evening reached an erupting crescendo when Foals took to the stage.

Foals at Thetford Forest, Thursday June 20, 2019
Foals at Thetford Forest, Thursday June 20, 2019

The tracks 'Exits' and 'In Degrees' have received plenty of air-time on national radio airwaves in recent months, and the band did not disappoint when playing the well-known hits live.

Sandwiched between gigs in Glasgow and London's Alexandra Palace, Foals lead singer Yannis Philippakis made reference to the natural forest surroundings in his lyrics where birds are mentioned.

Foals led by Yannis Philippakis
Foals led by Yannis Philippakis

Finishing the gig with 'Two Steps, Twice' was a lively climax which had the crowd rocking, yet the band's diverse catalogue also includes slower-paced singles such as Sunday, demonstrating the band's flexibility, which makes them almost difficult to place in a specific genre.

Lyrics from the Sunday track highlight the essence of a gig: 'Through the flames and through the fire Cities burn We don't give a damn 'Cause we got all our friends right here.'

Foals performed in Norfolk as part of their UK tour which takes them to Alexandra Palace next
Foals performed in Norfolk as part of their UK tour which takes them to Alexandra Palace next

While things may be 'burning' around us including a certain B word, being able to become absorbed in a high-quality live music performance meant the roughly 5,000 in attendance really "didn't give a damn" about anything other than the sounds of the forest last night.

A departing message from the band appeared on screen
A departing message from the band appeared on screen

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