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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Dalby Forest Live 2015

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced a Forest Live date for 2015. They are the first act confirmed to appear in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, as part of the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission, where bands perform in unique woodland locations across England.

Paul and Jacqui’s 2014 album, ‘What Have We Become’, which reached number three in the UK charts, poignantly marked the 20th anniversary of their first album together, The Beautiful South’s ‘Miaow’. Equally significant, it reunited Paul with John Williams, the producer of his first album, The Housemartins’ ‘London 0 Hull 4’, and his first number one, 1986’s ‘Caravan Of Love’. The magic Heaton/Abbott vocal chemistry forever imbedded in such Beautiful South classics as ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Perfect 10’ is recaptured on the critically acclaimed album, including singles ‘D.I.Y’, ‘Moulding Of A Fool’ and ‘When It Was Ours’, and in live performances with a succession of sold out indoor shows. The Dalby Forest concert will see them play material from their new album and songs from The Beautiful South and the Housemartins.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 14 year history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott plus special guests

Saturday 27 June: Dalby Forest, near Pickering, N Yorks

Tickets £29.50 (plus £2.95 booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Friday 12 December from the Forestry Commission box office tel: 03000 680400, or buy online at



Release: Tuesday 9 December 2014
Media enquiries: James Delanoy / tel 01223 812533

Notes to Editor:

  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at 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.

  2. The music programme was first launched in 2001 at four Forestry Commission venues. Now looking forward to its 15th season, Forest Live gigs take place at seven fantastic forest locations in England and are well known for their amazing atmosphere and top class acts. Over one million music fans have attended Forest Live concerts.