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Review: We saw Rag’n’Bone Man at Thetford Forest and this is what we thought



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Rag‘n’Bone Man played to a sold-out audience for his Forest Live gig at High Lodge in the sun on Thursday - with temperatures of 25 degrees as the show kicked off.

The 37-year-old smashed his set at the Thetford Forest music venue with the audience going wild for it.

Rag’n’Bone Man, whose real name is Rory Graham, produced an electric atmosphere with hits including Human, All You Ever Wanted and Giant.

Rag'n'Bone Man performs on the opening night of Forest Live 2022 at High Lodge. Picture: Lee Blanchflower
Rag'n'Bone Man performs on the opening night of Forest Live 2022 at High Lodge. Picture: Lee Blanchflower
The weather held up and it was warm for the entire show. Picture: SuffolkNews
The weather held up and it was warm for the entire show. Picture: SuffolkNews

However, as the headliner’s backing band filled the stage, I felt out of my depth.

As someone who mostly listens to rock music, I wasn’t sure if Rag’n’Bone Man was really my cup of tea.

They began to play and it was no surprise that the crowd near me sang along to every word - though the real surprise came when I somehow knew every word too.

Audiences went wild for the singer. Picture: Lee Blanchflower
Audiences went wild for the singer. Picture: Lee Blanchflower

Either way, by the third song, I was having a great time. I was blown away by Rory’s vocals in a live setting - he has so much raw energy in the way he sings.

I thought that, maybe if I squint hard enough, the show could even resemble the world-famous Pyramid stage.

Rag’n’Bone Man wowed fans with loud, anthemic crowd favourites but I found the more acoustic track, Fall In Love Again, being an intimate highlight for me.

Currently on his summer tour off the back of his latest album, Life By Misadventure, released in 2021, Rag'n'Bone Man gave a truly fantastic show and has even gained a seemingly unlikely fan in the process.