Boyzone have announced their Forest Live debut this summer. In a continuation of the celebration of their ‘BZ20' anniversary, Ronan, Keith, Shane & Mikey will be performing in four spectacular woodland locations as part of the Forestry Commission's annual concert series. See them locally at Westonbirt Arboretum on Friday 18th July.
In November 1993 a bunch of young lads from the North side of Dublin infamously appeared on Ireland's biggest TV show ‘The Late Late Show' and the rest, as they say... is history. Twenty one singles, seven albums, twenty five million record sales, hundreds of gigs, millions of memories and twenty years later, Boyzone are still going strong. A phenomenal start to a musical career, they scored 16 consecutive top five singles such as ‘Love Me For A Reason', ‘Father and Son' and ‘Picture of You' and the run included six number one's ‘Words', ‘A Different Beat', ‘All That I Need', ‘No Matter What', ‘When The Going Gets Tough' and ‘You Needed Me'.
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forests for both people and wildlife. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.
Commenting on the shows, Ronan Keating said, "We're pleased to be part of the Forest Live tour this year for the first time. It's going to be great to perform our hits in such beautiful locations".
Boyzone plus guests will be performing:
Thursday 12 June - Sherwood Pines Forest, Nr Edwinstowe, Notts
Sunday 6 July - Delamere Forest, Nr Northwich, Cheshire
Friday 11 July - Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk
Friday 18 July - Westonbirt Arboretum Nr Tetbury, Glos
Tickets £42.35 (including booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Friday 10 January from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.
Forest Live encourages people to visit forests who may not have otherwise done so. Research indicates that 44% of music fans are visiting a forest for the first time. 95% of attendees stated that they were interested in attending a similar event in the future. Overall, 78% of respondents indicated that they were interested in returning to the site of their interview for reasons other than attending a concert. Source: TNS Travel and Tourism
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.
Source: Westonbirt: The National Arboretum