Troubadour, actor, grinner and professional enthuser Will Young has announced the latest phase of his strategy for global domination. Having won the hearts and minds of an archly sceptical public who sneered at his so-called talent show credentials, he is now set to conquer their countryside with a series of Forestry Commission gigs in some of the nation's finest woodland clearings.
Will Young has so successfully slain the curse of the talent show winner that it barely merits mention that he won 'Pop Idol' in 2002, as an outsider to the now discarded Gareth Gates who had been the judges' pick from the off. Young dutifully saw out his immediate contractual obligations as winner and, thanks to some genuine musical talent, has since taken his career onto new and exciting levels, including various acclaimed acting roles, all underpinned by his excellent white soul voice and his bag of well-judged, modern pop.
Musically, each of Young's five studio albums have either topped the UK album chart or peaked at No 2, contributing to record sales of approaching 10 million units. His last LP, August's 'Echoes' may have sold fewer copies than 'From Now On' or 'Friday's Child' but it still did enough to turn Gold and, once more, take his name to the top of the UK album countdown. The first single from 'Echoes', August's 'Jealousy', was a No 5 hit.
The summer dates kick off at Sherwood Pines Forest in Nottinghamshire on Friday 15th June, followed by Thetford Forest (Suffolk), Westonbirt Arboretum (Gloucestershire), Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest (Kent), Dalby Forest (North Yorkshire) and Cannock Chase Forest (Staffordshire), before the final woodland gig at Delamere Forest in Cheshire on Friday 6th July 2012. Special guests are expected to be announced soon.
We will have tickets available for all gigs when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 16th December, priced £35.