Madness, Will Young and Plan B to perform at arboretum

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 January 2012

Plan B

Plan B

Forestry Commission

IT MIGHT only be January, but it is not too early to book in for three special concerts held in a leafy location this summer.

The Forestry Commission has announced three concerts which will take place at Westonbirt Arboretum in South Gloucestershire in the space of three days in June.

Singer Will Young, 1980s ska heroes Madness and rapper Plan B have signed up for the dates, with tickets now available for the forest gigs.

Ten years on from winning Pop Idol, Will Young will be first to appear at the arboretum near Tetbury on June 22.

He has sold more than nine million records and released hits such as Leave Right Now, Jealousy and Light My Fire, and released his fifth studio album, Echoes, in August 2011. It has so far sold more than 300,000 copies.

Next up, on June 23, is singer-songwriter and rapper Ben Drew, otherwise known as Plan B.

Having risen to prominence with his 2006 hip hop album Who Needs Action When You Got Words, he followed that up with hit record The Defamation of Strickland Banks, which was the fifth biggest selling album of 2010.

The artist, who has won a Brit Award and a trio of Ivor Novellos, said of his forest date: “It’s going to be a real adventure taking the Plan B show into the woods. I’m really up for this and hope to see you there.”

Rounding off the trio of dates on June 24 is pop institution Madness.

The band became one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, spending more time in the charts in that decade than any other group.

The veterans have a smorgasbord of hits such as Our House, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun and Driving in my Car to pick from for the event, and are well-known for their enthusiastic live shows.

Frontman Suggs said of the show: “Since we played last in Westonbirt something strange has been happening down in the West Country. The crowds have been going crazy, we can’t wait to get back there for even more nutty times.”

Tickets, priced £32-36.50, are on sale now from the box office on 03000 680400 or from

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