100,000 visitor milestone for Sherwood Pines gigs

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Forest chiefs have revealed that Sherwood Pines is set to notch a major milestone when Erasure and Simple Minds play the rustic venue near Mansfield in June.

Brisk tickets sales mean that the Forestry Commission gigs will have been watched by 100,000 people in the past decade. That’s helped put the Nottinghamshire forest on the map, said organiser Chris Bray:

“We’ve had fantastic names at Sherwood, from Jarvis Cocker to the Beautiful South, and reaching the 100,000 mark will be a real achievement. Not only have the gigs funded conservation and recreation projects, but scores of folk have visited the forest for the first time, including music fans from Sweden, Germany, Estonia and Latvia.”

Topping the bill at the first Sherwood concerts were The Levellers and Jools Holland, with all the tickets sold by phone and in person. Now over 80% are bought online. The record for the fastest ticket sales goes to Paul Weller, who has appeared twice to sell out crowds.

Erasure and Simple Minds appear on 17 and 18 June. Capacity is 5,000 for both gigs. Tickets cost £34.50 for Erasure and £35 for Simple Minds.They are available by calling the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400, or online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.