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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott announce Forest Live gigs

The duo will play a series of live shows next summer.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Credit: Virgin / EMI

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have announced dates as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live music series.

The duo will perform in support of their Top 10 album Wisdom, Laughter and Lines, which includes the singles I Don’t See Them and The Austerity of Love. The album was their first recording since they were part of the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South.

Fans can expect to see the duo perform their own material alongside songs from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins.

The duo will perform at the following dates:

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

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.

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