Dalby gig goers almost hits 100k

A forest near Whitby is on the brink of having something to sing about, as its number of gig-goers nears 100,000.

Dalby Forest has been housing open air concerts for 10 years now, with Jools Holland and The Levellers starting the trend in 2001.

The Zutons, UB40, and Simply Red have also graced the woodland’s stage over the past decade.

Event Organiser, Paul Cody, from the Forestry Commission, said: “Ten years has flashed by and we have had some fantastic names at Dalby, from Paul Weller to the Beautiful South. Gigs have injected money into the local economy and drawn people to the forest for the first time.

“Crucially, profits have also allowed us to invest in conservation and recreation projects.

“Other Forestry Commission venues are staging music including Sherwood Forest and Thetford Forest, but Dalby is the remotest spot of all, five miles from the nearest main road.

“Over 160 people are involved in the organisation, turning a woodland clearing into a major concert venue in just four days, complete with a 21metre orbit stage and thousands of metres of cables.”

Simple Minds and Erasure will be 2011’s attractions with 7,000 tickets already sold.

Each gig has a capacity of 5,000.

Tickets are priced as £34.50 for Erasure and £35 for Simple Minds and are available from the Forestry Commission on (03000) 680400.