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Brisk ticket sales for open air gigs by Erasure and Simple Minds in Dalby Forest in June have pushed the Forestry Commission venue towards a major milestone.
Woodland chiefs say that nearly 100,000 music fans are set to have watched gigs in the 3,440 hectare (8,600 acre) beauty spot since the concerts began 10 years ago.
In 2001 Jools Holland and The Levellers made the wood rock with all the tickets sold over the phone and in person. Now over 80% are bought online.
Organiser Paul Cody from the Forestry Commission, reflected:
“Ten years has flashed by and we have had some fantastic names at Dalby, from Paul Weller to the Beautiful South. Gigs have injected money into the local economy and drawn people to the forest for the first time. Crucially, profits have also allowed us to invest in conservation and recreation projects.”
Erasure and Simple Minds have sold over 7,000 tickets, with capacity for each being set at 5,000. They will play in the tree-lined Adderstone field area of Dalby. Paul Cody added:
"Other Forestry Commission venues are staging music including Sherwood Forest and Thetford Forest. But Dalby is the remotest spot of all, five miles from the nearest main road. Over 160 people are involved in the organisation, turning a woodland clearing into a major concert venue in just four days, complete with 21 metre orbit stage and thousands of metres of cables."
Tickets for Erasure (£34.50) and Simple Minds (£35) are available from the Forestry Commission on 03000 680400 or online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.
NOTE TO EDITOR
Bands who have played Dalby:
2001 Levellers & Jools Holland
2002 Pulp & Jools Holland
2003 Status Quo & Jools Holland
2004 Paul Weller
2005 Madness & Beautiful South
2006 UB40 & Embrace
2007 James Morrison, M People & Embrace
2008 The Zutons & Status Quo
2009 McFly & Paul Weller
2010 Simply Red and Keane
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. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more visit www.forestry.gov.uk/yorkshireandthehumber