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NEWS RELEASE No: 1355512 MAY 2010

10,000 fans will make Dalby rock

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Forest chiefs have put up the sold out signs on this year’s two mega outdoor concerts in Dalby Forest.

Keane (25 June) and Simply Red (26 June) will each play before capacity 5,000 crowds after the last few tickets were eagerly snapped up by music lovers.

The blockbuster demand has delighted organisers from the Forestry Commission who say that it underlines the emergence of the 8,600 acre woodland, near Pickering, as a top choice for bands and revellers alike.
Forester Paul Cody said:

“We have been thrilled by how quickly these gigs have sold out. It’s tremendous news as some of the cash raised is ploughed back into recreation and conservation projects in North Yorkshire so it will produce tangible benefits. Simply Red sold out in a few weeks, with Keane following behind. The word has spread that there’s no venue quite like Dalby on a mid-summers evening.”

Previous acts to play the North York Moors beauty spot include Status Quo, Paul Weller, The Beautiful South, UB40, McFly and Travis. Demand for tickets this year has far outstripped supply. The Forestry Commission is therefore advising people to sign up for free email alerts when future gigs are announced so they can buy tickets well in advance. Go to

Forestry Commission Live Music 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.

19% 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.

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. More information at

Richard Darn on 0113 346 6085.

Issued on behalf of the Forestry Commission by Richard Darn, COI.