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Deacon Blue Forest Live dates announced

24 February 2014

Deacon Blue have announced concerts as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series.

Performing in spectacular woodland locations around the country the shows will be their only headline shows in England this Summer.

Deacon Blue are one of the most respected of all Scottish bands. Their melodic pop-rock style gained a fervent fan base through the release of several classic albums like ‘Raintown’, ‘When The World Knows Your Name’ and ‘Fellow Hoodlums’.

With jazz and soul inspired melodies, the song-writing skills of front man Ricky Ross are illustrated through the diversity of their repertoire with defining singles including ‘Real Gone Kid’, ‘When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)?’, ‘Chocolate Girl’, ‘Wages Day’, ‘Fergus Sings The Blues’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Your Town’ and ‘Dignity’.

In 2012 Deacon Blue released their first album in over a decade, The Hipsters, which went Top 20 and was supported by a sold out UK tour.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife.

Commenting on the Forest Live dates, Ricky Ross said, “This is a new adventure for the band. We are looking forward to bringing the full Deacon Blue live experience to these unique locations and we really hope you can join us.”

Deacon Blue plus guests will be performing:

Saturday 28 June: Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, N Yorks

Sunday 13 July: Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk

Saturday 19 July: Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Glos

Tickets £40.70 (including booking fee) go on sale from 9.00am Friday 28 February from 03000 680400 or buy online www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Info:

www.deaconblue.com

www.forestry.gov.uk/music

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Media enquiries: James Delanoy james@delanoy.co.uk / tel 01223 812533

Westonbirt media contact: Gina Mills gina.mills@forestry.gsi.gov.uk / tel 01666 881231

Note to Editors:

Over one million music fans have previously attended Forest Live concerts.

Forest Live takes place each summer in seven forest locations around the country. Woodland clearings are temporarily transformed into a concert arena creating a safe and relaxed atmosphere for gig-goers.

18% of the country's woods and forests are managed by the Forestry Commission. In England, more than 50% of the population live within 10km of a Forestry Commission managed wood or forest.

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