Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow

TAKE THAT frontman Gary Barlow heads three days’ of live music in Sherwood Forest this weekend. Also on stage are former Beautiful South duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot and UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey.

Gary Barlow is the headline act for Saturday’s sold-out concert.

He is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 number one singles and received the Ivor Novello Award six times.

Gary found world-wide fame with the band Take That. Formed in 1989, they have so-far sold more than 45m records and 8m concert tickets and won eight Brit Awards.

Their singles include Pray, Relight My Fire, Could It Be Magic, The Flood, Shine and Rule The World.

The Forest Live weekend started with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot last night, when their special guest was Billy Bragg.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot

Their latest album, Crooked Calypso, charted at number two, making it their highest release as a duo to date, following on from two other top-five albums, What Have We Become and Wisdom, Laughter And Lines.

Paul Heaton first came to public attention in the early 1980s as frontman of Hull-based The Housemartins, best known for their third single Happy Hour and their number one single, Caravan of Love.

In 1988 he formed The Beautiful South, with Jacqui Abbott as lead vocalist.

They released ten successful albums and enjoyed hits with songs such as Rotterdam, Perfect 10, Don’t Marry Her and Dream A Little Dream.

Closing the weekend, on Sunday night, is UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey.

They will be performing many of their classic tracks as well as a few numbers from their recent album, A Real Labour Of Love.

The band is considered the most successful British reggae bands of all time.

Their hits include Red Red Wine, Please Don’t Make Me Cry, Kingston Town and (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You.

Forest Live is a major live music series, managed by the Forestry Commission. Held every year in seven forest locations across the country, more than 1.5m people have attended a gig in the programme’s 17-year history.

Income generated from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

For tickets, contact the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400, or go to www.forestry.gov.uk/music