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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott announce Forest gigs

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced dates as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series where an eclectic mix of acts perform in unique woodland locations around the country each summer.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s latest top ten album, ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ includes the singles ‘I Don’t See Them’ and ‘The Austerity of Love’ which was ‘Record of the Week’ on BBC Radio 2. This follows their critically acclaimed, certified gold debut in 2014, ‘What Have We Become,’ their first recording reunion since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South classic albums ‘Miaow’, ‘Blue Is The Colour’ and ‘Quench’ with witty and ironic hits such as ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Perfect 10’. The Forest Live gigs 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 15 years 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 guests.

Friday 24 June Sherwood Pines Forest, near Mansfield, Notts.
Friday 1 July Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.
Saturday 2 July Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Saturday 9 July Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.

Tickets £32.50 (plus £3.75 booking fee) go on sale 9am Friday 11 December from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400, or buy online at


Release: Monday 7 December 2015

Media enquiries: James Delanoy / tel 01223 812533

Note to Editors:

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 16th 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.