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NEWS RELEASE No: 1622427 MARCH 2014

King of the Jungle returns to the Forest

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Kian Egan

Boyzone have announced Kian Egan, former member of the multimillion selling band Westlife, as very special guest on their Forest Live dates this summer performing in four spectacular woodland locations across the country.

One quarter of Westlife, the most successful boy band of the last decade, Kian was crowned King of the Jungle, winning 2013’s series of ‘I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’  2014 has so far seen the release of Kian’s debut solo album, ‘Home’. The album features tracks from his personal playlist and he is currently enjoying chart success with its Top 10 release in both the UK and Ireland. Kian is also filming the third series of ‘The Voice of Ireland’.

Boyzone are recognised as one of the most successful bands of the past two decades. Their many accomplishments include twenty one singles, seven albums, twenty five million record sales, hundreds of gigs and millions of memories. A phenomenal start to a musical career, they scored 16 consecutive top five singles such as ‘Love Me For A Reason’, ‘Father and Son’ and ‘Picture of You’ and the run included six number one’s ‘Words’, ‘A Different Beat’, ‘All That I Need’, ‘No Matter What’, ‘When The Going Gets Tough’ and ‘You Needed Me’.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission 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. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Commenting on his special guest slot, Kian Egan said, "I am really looking forward to these gigs and of course it’s going to be a lot of fun to be out on tour with the boys!"

Boyzone plus very special guest, Kian Egan, will be performing:

Thursday 12 June - Sherwood Pines Forest, Nr Edwinstowe, Notts

Sunday 6 July - Delamere Forest, Nr Northwich, Cheshire

Friday 11 July - Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk

Friday 18 July - Westonbirt Arboretum Nr Tetbury, Glos

Tickets £42.35 (including £3.85 booking fee) are available from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at



Media enquiries: James Delanoy / tel 01223 812533

Notes to Editors

Forest Live encourages people to visit forests who may not have otherwise done so. Research indicates that 44% of music fans are visiting a forest for the first time. 95% of attendees stated that they were interested in attending a similar event in the future. Overall, 78% of respondents indicated that they were interested in returning to the site of their interview for reasons other than attending a concert. Source: TNS Travel and Tourism

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.