The former Jam and Style Council icon Paul Weller announced a series of gigs as part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series promoted by the British Forestry Commission.
The Modfather will play seven dates across the country in June and July, starting off in Gloucestershire on 14 June and then heading to Kent two days later. The tour will then continue throughout the UK, with dates scheduled in Suffolk, Cheshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.
The last time the singer-songwriter played Forest Live was in 2004, and he shared his anticipation for the tour on social media:
“The Forest shows are always great gigs for us and it’s been a while since I last did them,” Weller says.
Since its inception in 2000, Forest Live was part of an initiative to encourage people to visit the native woodlands and raise money to “sustain Britain’s forestry and preserving its wildlife”.
Weller has been out on the road promoting his acoustic-based new album True Meanings, which was released in September, including a career-spanning set at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
True Meanings entered the UK charts at No 2 and is his fourteenth solo album and the twenty-sixth studio album of his career that began with The Jam’s debut album In The City in 1977.
The Guardian described the album as “A set of gentle pastoral songs, it finds him finally immersing himself in the singer-songwriterly fare that he’s intermittently dipped into since 1978’s English Rose”.
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Tickets will go on sale at 9am BST on Friday 9 November and will be available here. Check out the dates in full below.
14 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.
16 June: Bedgebury Pinetum, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
21 June: Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.
22 June: Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire.
28 June: Dalby Forest, near Pickering, North Yorks.
29 June: Sherwood Pines, near Mansfield, Notts.
6 July: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs.