Texas on stage. Picture: Dave Cox
Texas on stage. Picture: Dave Cox

It was the first time that Texas had performed on an open air stage at Cannock Chase – and it was an impressive debut.

Fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, who declared the venue “pretty damn special”, the band entertained a crowd of young and old with a fabulous mix of tracks from their back catalogue and 2021 album Hi.

Against the beautiful forest backdrop, Sharlene got the audience up on their feet and singing along from the opening track I Don’t Want A Lover.

Her voice was simply superb, and a fabulous set list featured some the band’s best known hits, including Halo, Once In A Lifetime, Say What You Want and Summer Son. 

The overcast and cold weather failed to dampen the atmosphere of the gig, which was part of the Forestry England’s ‘Forest Live’ concert series, as Sharlene, who was sporting a burgundy velvet suit, entertained fans with witty banter and stories in between tracks that raised quite a few laughs.

The band, who are currently on a 19-date tour and will perform at other UK venues as part of the Forest Live series, came back for a two-song encore to round off a great night with Black Eyed Boy and a cover of Elvis’s Suspicious Minds.

Sam Ryder. Picture: Dave Cox
Sam Ryder. Picture: Dave Cox

And hot from his impressive performance at the Eurovision Song Contest, and still clearly on a high, Sam Ryder provided the support. 

As the sun made an appearance for his set, he showed off his amazing range with a handful of his own tracks and a cover of ABBA’s Waterloo.

He won applause from the audience as he finished off his performance with the fabulous Space Man, which secured second place for the UK at Eurovision.

For more on Forest Live’s 2022 concerts visit www.forestryengland.uk/music.

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