A whole host of music stars set to perform in Gloucestershire this summer have had their gigs cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rag'n'Bone Man, James Morrison and Will Young, Madness and Keane were set to play at Westonbirt Arboretum on consecutive nights in June.

The gigs were part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England, where acts perform in woodland locations around the country. The entire Forest Live programme has now been cancelled.

A Forestry England statement read: "We are sorry to disappoint the Forest Live fans who were hoping to see bands in the nation’s forests this summer but we have cancelled Forest Live 2020 to keep everyone safe in line with recent government guidance on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

"We really hope that everyone’s support to fight COVID-19 means the situation will have improved by the summer however, as well as our valued customers, we work with a large number of volunteers, artists and contractors, to make these concerts happen and have taken this decision in the interest of safety for everyone involved.

"Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to reschedule our concerts. Ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase and will be automatically refunded. We ask for your patience and understanding at this busy time.

"We would like to send our deepest apologies to everyone who was hoping to see a Forest Live 2020 show. We were very excited to welcome you into forests across England to see some incredible live music.

"Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back to Forest Live in 2021."

The likes of Elbow, Stereophonics and McBusted have performed at Westonbirt in recent years.