Rocking all over the woods

BY PAUL JEEVES BOOGIE legends Status Quo are set to rock on wood this summer when they play a concert in the middle of a Yorkshire forest.

The picturesque wildlife sanctuary of Dalby Forest on the North York Moors will reverberate to the 12-bar strains of the perennial rockers when they wheel their Heavy Traffic world tour into the Forest at the end of June.

But as rock classics such as Down Down, Caroline and Whatever You Want thunder out, the forest's usual inhabitants such as roe deer and badgers are sure to be sent scurrying for cover.

The huge forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors national park and the southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a 'Rigg and Dale'. But it will be the interesting rock formations that will have Quo's denim clad bastion of fans foraging among the pines and spruces to see their heroes.

Elusive

The Quo, who have notched up chart hits in five decades and have had more chart hits than any other British band, will be playing in the setting of Adderstone Field on Sunday, June 22.

Dalby Forest has been around almost as long as the Quo, having been formed in the ice age – and has previously staged an RAC rally.

But the noise of cars will pale into insignificance as the band, who were billed in the 1970s as the loudest rock act in the world, fire into action.

The forest is a home for birds such as the crossbill and that elusive summer visitor the nightjar, but district forester and Quo fan Peter Green says he is sure the wildlife will be able to cope with the noise.

He said: "It's going to be a great night although I don't think we could have found a louder band to come and play. I'm sure the animals will run for cover but it will only last for a couple of hours. It's great for the forest because it raises our profile and will hopefully attract lots more tourists. The actual venue can accommodate 4,000 so I'm sure it will sell out very quickly indeed."

Quo are used to playing concerts in unusual venues. Last year they launched their latest album aboard aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal while in 1999 they played an intimate pub gig at The Duchess in Leeds.

paul.jeeves@ypn.co.uk