Will Young to perform at Dalby Forest

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Top-selling artist Will Young will be appearing in a mega outdoor gig in Dalby Forest on Friday 29 June 2012.

Will Young has sold over 9 million records and crafted some of the deftest British music of his era. A succession of hits including ‘Jealousy’, ‘Leave Right Now’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down / You and I’, ‘Light My Fire’, ‘All Time Love’, ‘Who Am I’ and ‘Changes’ from multi-platinum albums like ‘From Now On’, ‘Friday’s Child’ and ‘Keep On’ has ensured a chart presence across the whole decade.

This year the release of Will Young’s fifth studio album, ‘Echoes’ sees his musical career develop further. The album, produced by Richard X, entered the charts at No 1 and has sold over 300,000 copies in the UK so far. The first single from the album ‘Jealousy’ has been a top five chart and airplay smash, Will’s most successful single in recent years. Grazia called it ‘the best song of the year’. Will has also recently had his own ITV Saturday Night Special which drew over 5 million viewers, and he has delivered fantastic live performances on a wide range of TV shows from Jonathan Ross to Strictly Come Dancing.

The hugely gifted singer-songwriter, who shot to fame winning Pop Idol, will now be performing in a spectacular natural auditorium in the stunning 8,600 acre woodland, near Pickering, North Yorkshire, with the capacity set at 5,000.

Commenting on the tour, Will Young said, “The forest gigs have a great reputation for their atmosphere so I’m really looking forward to performing my songs in such unique settings.”

Organiser Paul Cody added: “In a little over a decade Will Young has proved himself a massively popular singer and multi-talented artist. His Dalby gig will be a brilliant occasion.”

Ben Drew of Plan B will also make his Dalby debut as part of a mid-summer weekend of live music.

Forestry Commission Live Music is an independent programme bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forests for both people and wildlife. Eighteen per cent of the country’s woods and forests are managed by the Forestry Commission. In England, more than 50 per cent of the population live within 10km of a Forestry Commission managed wood or forest.

With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Proceeds from the gigs will be used by the Forestry Commission to help care for local woodlands.

Tickets, costing £35, went on sale on Friday 16 December from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or they can be bought online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.