Kaiser Chiefs and Guy Garvey to play woodland shows in North this summer

Kaiser Chiefs are playing their first Forest Live shows this summer.

Kaiser Chiefs are playing their first Forest Live shows this summer.

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Kaiser Chiefs and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey are among the acts announced for this summer’s Forest Live outdoor concerts in the North.

Kaiser Chiefs are playing at both the Forestry Commission’s Northern concert sites – Dalby Forest, near Pickering in North Yorkshire, and Delamere Forest, near Linley in Cheshire – and Garvey will be playing at the former and also the next most northerly of the seven woodlands nationwide hosting gigs, Sherwood Pines Forest, near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.

The Kaisers, fronted by Ricky Wilson, a coach on the BBC1 talent show The Voice since 2013, are playing at Dalby Forest on Saturday, June 25, and at Delamere Forest on Saturday, July 3, as well as at three other Forest Live venues further south.

Spring King will be supporting them.

Wilson, 38, said: “As a band, we’ve always loved to play outdoors. We’ve done fields, parks, farms, rooftops, beaches and back gardens, but this will be the first time we’ve played in a forest.

“If you go down to the woods this summer, you’re sure of a big surprise.

“We’re really looking forward to being part of Forest Live.”

Tickets, priced £42.85, for all five of their Forest Live shows have sold out, but waiting lists are open.

The indie rock act, formed in Leeds in 2000, are currently working on a follow-up to their chart-topping fifth album, 2014’s Education, Education, Education and War. It was their second LP to claim pole position, after 2007’s Yours Truly Angry Mob, and another two of their albums have made it to No 2, 2005’s Employment and 2008’s Off With Their Heads.

They’ve also hit the singles chart’s top 10 five times, with Oh My God, a No 6, and I Predict a Riot, a No 9, both in 2004; Every Day I Love You Less and Less, a No 10 in 2005; Ruby, a No 1 in 2007; and Never Miss a Beat, a No 5 in 2008.

Eellow indie rocker Garvey will be playing at Dalby Forest on Friday, June 24, and in Nottinghamshire the day after. Tickets cost £40.10.

The Greater Manchester-born 41-year-old, to be supported by Scottish singer-songwriter Christopher Duncan, known as C Duncan for short, will be playing songs from his debut solo album, Courting the Squall, a No 3 hit upon its release in October.

John Newman will also be playing at Dalby Forest.

Tickets to see the North Yorkshire-born pop star on Saturday, June 25, cost £39.55.

The 25-year-old has notched up one No 1 album, 2013’s Tribute, and three chart-topping singles, 2012’s Feel the Love with Rudimental, 2013’s Love Me Again and 2014’s Blame with Calvin Harris.

His second album, Revolve, was a No 3 hit following its release in October.

Other acts playing Forest Live shows elsewhere in the country this year include Tom Jones, Jake Bugg, James Bay, Simply Red and Rudimental.

Previous stars to have played at the Forestry Commission shows, held annually since 2001, include Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Suede, Jessie J, Little Mix, the Pogues, Paloma Faith, Status Quo, Bryan Ferry and Van Morrison.

For details, go to www.forestry.gov.uk/music or call 03000 680400.