Will-power is the key in Dalby gigs triumph

Will Young in concert at the Dalby Forest venue.Will performs.Picture Richard Ponter 122651a
Will Young in concert at the Dalby Forest venue.Will performs.Picture Richard Ponter 122651a
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Thousands of music lovers descended on Dalby Forest at the weekend for sold out shows by pop superstars Will Young and Plan B.

A combined total of 10,000 fans headed for the 3,440 hectare beauty spot near Pickering on Friday and Saturday.

Will Young in concert at the Dalby Forest venue.The crowd enjoys .Picture Richard Ponter 122651g

Will Young in concert at the Dalby Forest venue.The crowd enjoys .Picture Richard Ponter 122651g

Spokesman Richard Darn said he was thrilled with how well the concerts had been received.

He said: “We had two fantastic sell out crowds in over the weekend- the only problem being a boggy car park caused by recent heavy rainfall.

“Public feedback has been top notch on both gigs, which spanned the ages in terms of those attending. Organisers are extremely pleased.”

Cash raised by the Forestry Commission Live Music tour will be used to help care for woodlands in Yorkshire and the Tees Valley.

The tour takes place each summer in seven forest locations around the country.

Will Young, who shot to fame after winning the Pop Idol TV talent contest in 2002, performed a 100-minute set on Friday evening.

The 33-year-old has sold more than eight million records during his career and treated the crowd to a catalogue of favourites including All Time Love, Grace, Changes, the number one smash hits Evergreen and Leave Right Now, and his version of The Doors’ classic Light My Fire.

Young was in fine form throughout and told the crowd: “I think you could be the best audience we’ve had this summer.”

Conditions stayed dry during the event but there were showers during Saturday night’s performance by singer-songwriter Plan B.

Real name Ben Drew, the London-born 28-year-old won widespread acclaim with his 2010 album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, which went on to become the fifth biggest seller of the year.

His 90-minute set included She Said, Love Goes Down, Charmaine, ill Manors, and Prayin’, along with an encore of Stay Too Long.

The pair followed a host of star names to have rocked the forest including Paul Weller, McFly, Status Quo, Pulp, Simple Minds, Travis, Keane, Embrace, Erasure and The Zutons.

Jools Holland, who appeared in the first forest concert series, has been seen as vital in spreading the word publicly about using forests as a venue, and last year total audience that numbers topped one million.

Next year’s headliners are likely to be announced in late-2012.