Embrace announce forest shows

The band plan open-air tour for 2006

Embrace have announced their plans for a summer open-air tour of the UK.

The band, who this week play the biggest headline shows of their career with sold out arena dates at London’s Alexandra Palace (December 15), Manchester MEN Arena (16) and Glasgow SECC (17), have announced a series of massive open-air gigs across the UK in June 2006.

In conjunction with the Forestry Commission, the group will be performing seven outdoor shows in forest locations across the UK next summer.

Singer Danny McNamara said: “We’ve played in some unusual places over the last few years; caves, beaches, even the ‘Big Brother’ house. But next year we’re trying something special even for us. In the past we’ve done secret gigs in forests giving the fans a map reference so they can find us, but these gigs are on a much bigger scale, they are going to be something else.”

He added: “The new album will be out by then and it gives us a great opportunity to play our new songs in really spectacular settings.”

Embrace will play:

Suffolk Thetford Forest (June 10)

Kent Bedgebury Pinetum (11)

Gloucestershire Westonbury Arboretum (16)

Cheshire Delamere Forest (17)

Nottingham Sherwood Pines Forest Park (23)

Staffordshire Cannock Chase Forest (24)

Yorkshire Dalby Forest (25)

Tickets are priced at £23 for all shows and go on sale from 9am this Friday (December 16).

For ticket availability, go to NME Tickets or call them on 0870 1 663 663.

Embrace are currently putting the finishing touches to their fifth album, the follow-up to 2004’s ‘Out Of Nothing’.

The LP was recorded with producer Youth at Olympic and Britannia Row Studios and Youth’s own studio in Granada, Spain.

The album, tentatively titled ‘Exploding Machines’, is set for release in the spring.