Review and gallery: Tom Odell, Forest Live, Cannock Chase

They may not have been popular with locals when they were first introduced, but the Cannock Chase Forest concerts have become a permanent fixture.

Review and gallery: Tom Odell, Forest Live, Cannock Chase

Tom Odell

They cater for all tastes, too, as acts as diverse as Paul Weller, Sugababes, Jools Holland and Plan B will testify.

This year's acts were no exception as Tom Odell followed Robert Plant followed Paloma Faith

And boy did the Chichester-born singer/songwriter rock?

The beauty of the forest concerts is that it's not necessarily the music that makes these concerts such a hit, with the setting and the atmosphere being an equally pivotal reason why the concerts have taken off. 

And this was the perfection location for the 24-year-old.

A Brit Awards Critics' Choice winner and a BBC Sound of 2013 nominee, he has followed that up with two more Brit nominations and an Ivor Novello award, justification for his soulful sounds and energetic piano-playing.

From the opening Friday Night, it was clear his fans would enjoy the night. 

The well-known I Know, Hold Me and Grow Old With Me followed and there was even material from his forthcoming second album in the shape of Constellations. He discarded his trademark piano to perform Resist and slowed it down with the John Lennon cover Real Love.

Another Love was a high point of the set.

The crowd were in the mood to begin with and didn't need any warm up. But if they did, Rae Morris provided it.

However, pick any artist to play the Forest concerts and the revellers would just lap it up. Simply stunning.

By Mark Shipp

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