Rick Astley is the first artist to announce he will be appearing at Thetford Forest in 2017 as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.

Tickets to see the soulful-voiced pop icon and multi-million selling artist go on sale on Friday (October 21). With his first No One album in 29 years, entitled 50, the Brit award-winning singer has pulled off one of pop's most remarkable comebacks. 50 has gone gold and has been well received by fans and critics alike, with singles Keep Singing and Angels On My Side dominating the airwaves and raking in almost 1.8m views on VEVO and more than 600,000 streams on Spotify.

Astley was just 21, when unleashed the iconic Never Gonna Give You Up - few debut singles have had the same impact. It became the UK's biggest selling single of the year, going on to hit No One in 16 countries. The song became the centrepiece of debut album Whenever You Need Somebody, which sold an astonishing 15 million copies worldwide, cracking the US Top 10 in the process. Holding the distinction of being the first male solo artist to see his first eight singles reach the UK Top Ten, the hits continued with Together Forever; She Wants To Dance With Me; Take Me To Your Heart; Hold Me In Your Arms and Cry For Help.

Following on from a run of sold-out indoor spring 2017 tour dates, at the Forest Live gigs fans can look forward to seeing Rick perform a set of songs from his latest album and greatest hits.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England's forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live's 16 years history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Commenting on the concerts, Rick Astley said: "2017 sees me celebrating 30 years in the music business since my first No One hit. I can't wait to perform as a part of Forest Live and I really hope people can make one of the dates to enjoy the experience with me."

INFO: Rick Astley will appear at Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk on July 1. Tickets £36.50 (plus £4.15 booking fee) go on sale at 9am on October 21, from the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400, or online: at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.