Notts: Paloma Faith, Tom Odell, The Vamps, Union J and Rae Morris all lined up for Forest Live this weekend

Paloma Faith will headline the climax of Forest Live at Sherwood Pines this weekend
Paloma Faith will headline the climax of Forest Live at Sherwood Pines this weekend

Paloma Faith, Tom Odell and The Vamps are the headline acts for this weekend’s Forest Live Festival at Sherwood Pines.

A staple diet of the East Midlands music scene for more than a decade now, Forest Live continues to grow in popularity and attract some of the biggest names in the industry.

As well as the headline trio, the event in Sherwood Pines will also feature chart favourites Union J and Rae Morris as well as rising stars.

Paloma Faith tops the bill with the headline slot on the final night on Sunday (28th June).

Paloma’s third album, A Perfect Contradiction, was one of the huge success stories of 2014 and her fastest-selling album to date.

It has certified platinum and spawned the hit singles Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Can’t Rely On You.

Paloma played in the forests back in 2013 and is looking forward to returning this summer.

“I am so excited to do the forest tour,” she said

“I did it before and had such a wonderful time.”

“We are very lucky in Britain to have such a beautiful and diverse landscape and I am excited to play for you there again.”

Support for Paloma will come from Notts-born soul and rock artist Liam Bailey, who has been endorsed by the likes of Zane Lowe.

His new album, Definitely Now, will be released on 10th July.

The festival opens on Friday (26th June) when the headliner is Tom Odell, who shot to fame last Christmas when his cover of John Lennon’s Real Love was the soundtrack to the annual John Lewis advert with Monty the Penguin.

“This will be a whole new experience for me,” he said ahead of his upcoming Forest gig.

“I can’t wait to bring my live show to the woods and I hope to see you there.”

Support comes from Rae Morris, whose debut album Unguarded made the top 10 in the UK Album charts this year, and new Sheffield artist Alfie Connor, who will be opening the festival.

Saturday night (27th June) sees The Vamps take the headlining slot with support from Union J, Hometown and The Tide.

The Vamps formed when the band members found one another via their respective YouTube channels.

Subsequently they amassed a serious online following with the upload of a series of punkish, acoustic-driven covers of chart-conquering pop hits.

They’ve now had 230 million total YouTube and Vevo views as well as sold out arena tours.

Last year, their meteoric rise to fame was confirmed with sold out tour dates and the release of debut album Meet The Vamps, a collection of pop-party anthems such as Can We Dance, Last Night, Wild Heart, Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) and Somebody To You.

Main support Union J have been supporting The Vamps on their current UK tour.

Opening band Hometown is the latest act managed by pop mogul Louis Walsh.

And LA-based band, The Tide have been newly-signed to The Vamps’ EMI Universal label and are predicted to be the next big US indie-pop band.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences and income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodland.

For tickets, call the box office on 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music