SYNTH pop pioneers Tears For Fears are to play an open air show at Delamere Forest next summer.

The duo will be on a Forest Live tour which is the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Money raised is used to look after the UK’s woodland for both people and wildlife for generations to come. The Delamere Forest performance will be on Friday, June 21.

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith formed Tears For Fears in 1981.

Breakthrough single, Mad World, was followed by the top 10 hits, Change and Pale Shelter, before the release of their chart-topping debut album The Hurting.

Moving into rock and pop mainstream, follow-up record, Songs From The Big Chair, propelled the band to international recognition.

Powered by the worldwide hit, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, and the anthemic, Shout, the album remained in the charts for 81 weeks.

At the forefront of the mid-80s British music invasion of the US, success continued for Tears for Fears on both sides of the Atlantic with the platinum selling album, The Seeds of Love.

Forest Live launched 18 years ago and has had a huge impact on both the music scene and the Forestry Commission’s work.

More than 1.75 million people have attended a forest gig in that time with The Charlatans and Paloma Faith among previous line-ups.

Tears For Fears will perform at Delamere Forest on June 21. Tickets are £49.50, plus a £5.45 booking fee, and go on sale at 9am on Friday. Visit or call the box office on 03000 680400.