Beautiful South stars for beautiful forests tour

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.
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The first act confirmed to appear in Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire next year as part of the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission has been annouced - and fans of The Beautiful South are in for a treat.

Performing in this unique woodland location on Saturday, June 27 will be Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

It may feel an eternity since Heaton first experienced chart success with Hull’s finest band, The Housemartins in the early 1980s and nearly as long since he hooked up with Jacqui Abbott in The Beautiful South in the late 1980s.

But the duo are still going strong. Their most recent album, What Have We Become, reached number three in the UK charts when it was released earlier in the year.

At Dalby Forest, they will be playing material from that album plus past hits by The Beautiful South and the Housemartins.

Income generated from ticket sales from the series of concerts is spent on protecting England’s forests and woodlands.

Tickets are available now on 03000 680400 or at www.forestry.gov.uk/music