REVIEW: ‘The Script made it all about the music’ at Forest Live

PUBLISHED: 16:35 16 June 2018

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

Eleanor Young

For some bands, fireworks, confetti, dance routines and light shows make up a concert but The Script showed last night (Thursday) why it should be all about the music.

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

The Irish band headlined at Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum, in Tetbury, and reporter Ellie Young had a brilliant time enjoying the great outdoors and the concert.

I have had the pleasure of seeing The Script on a number of occasions and I have loved every one of their concerts but there is something about listening to music under a clear sky in the middle of a forest which just made this all the more magical.

The pop-rock band kept the show all about their fans and their music, opening with their latest single, Freedom Child, from their fifth album of the same name, which featured a few of their fans explaining in a film reel what ‘freedom’ meant to them.

This relatable band has a talent for putting real-life emotions and memories on to a page and then taking that page and, in their own words, ‘blowing the roof off this place’.

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

The Script were able to keep the audience on their toes with surprise appearances in the middle of the packed crowd as well as bringing down the tempo in slower songs such as Breakeven and For The First Time – where you just could not help but sing along.

Their song choices spanned from their first single Man Who Can’t Be Moved, to hits from their latest album including No Man Is An Island and Arms Open, which really got the crowd going.

The thing which I have adored about this band for many years now is just their sheer talent and musical ability.

I have already mentioned their writing skills and being able to pen a piece which will have you cheering and singing along at the top of your lungs one minute to shedding a tear from the raw emotions the next minute, but it is also about their showmanship.

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue, lead guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power commanded the stage with every note and you would be hard pushed to find someone who was not singing along or dancing with them.

Their voices and their songs are just timeless and their music seems to send electricity through the crowd, perking up even the harshest of critics.

They have come so far since launching their career in 2009 with their self-titled album.

Their following spanned from an adorable elderly couple to a five-year-old boy on his father’s shoulders.

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

Something also has to be said for their brilliant warm-up act Tom Walker.

Walker is previously a name which I associated with just one song, Leave A Light On, but now, as I write this review, I am sat here listening and singing along with his album.

He really energised the crowd and got them ready for what was a brilliant night and his voice is just stunning.

Forest Live exceeding all of my expectations with amazing music and a simply stunning backdrop to what has become a night I will not forget for a long time.

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

The Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe Script at Westonbirt Arboretum. Picture: Eleanor Young

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