Forest Live 2017 review: Clean Bandit get Thetford Forest dancing

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

They may have been without the likes of Sean Paul, Jess Glynne and Zara Larsson but Clean Bandit still managed to get Thetford Forest dancing.

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

There was a party atmosphere at High Lodge as the classical-pop hitmakers brought down the curtain on four nights of live music in the forest.

With three number-one singles in their back catalogue the Cambridge band, fronted by Grace Chatto, hit the right balance between dance and classical music as they opened the show with the 2015 hit Stronger.

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

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The eight-piece outfit showcased everything that is unique about band them; from the electronic beats to the beautifully sharp string sections which were brilliantly highlighted throughout.

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

Their most recent hit Symphony saw the first sing-a-long of the night but it was the 2014 song Extraordinary which really got the crowd pumping and saw thousands of people bouncing to one beat.


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During the set they previewed some of their newer material but it was well know songs such as Rockabye and Tears which the majority of the crowd came to hear.

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

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It was during Rockabye that Chatto got her cello out for the first time and her classical brilliance was supported throughout the show by two very sassy violinists.

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

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Without the usual superstar collaborates the singing was taken on by two female powerhouses who were fantastic all night while the male members of the band efficiently got on with the music in the background switching between a plethora of instruments including piano, saxophone and drums.

They finished the set with Real Love before returning to the stage for an encore which featured the modern day classic, which may now be better know for the M & S advert, Rather Be.

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

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This song was the perfect choice for the end of a night of musical delights which was well worth missing Love Island for.

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford

Clean Bandit perform the closing set at Forest Live 2017 at High Lodge, Thetford - Credit: Archant

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