PAUL Weller is the first artist to announce a Delamere gig for 2019 as part of Forest Live.

'The Modfather' will be performing an open air concert to the backdrop of the woodland on June 22 for the Forestry Commission's summer concert series.

Paul’s latest release, True Meanings, entered the UK charts at number two.

It is his 14th solo record and the 26th studio album of his career that began in 1977 with The Jam’s iconic debut, In the City.

Five era-defining albums followed before he experienced further recognition with The Style Council and enduring success with numerous solo releases such as Wild Wood, Wake Up The Nation and Sonik Kicks.

A spokesman for Forest Live said: "Paul Weller’s versatility and creative edge has connected with fans across the generations, making him one of the most significant players of the British music scene over the past four decades. A cultural icon, his impact, relevance and popularity with the public, fellow musicians and critics alike remains unabated in his milestone 60th year."

More than 1.75 million people have attended a forest gig in the past 18 years. Money raised from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy for generations to come.

Paul added: “The Forest shows are always great gigs for us and it’s been a while since I last did them so I’m really looking forward to them next year.”

Tickets are £48.50 (plus £5.35 booking fee) and go on sale at 9am on Friday. Visit or call 03000 680400.