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NEWS RELEASE No: 157633 DECEMBER 2012


Blondie announces forest concerts for 2013


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Blondie has confirmed a very special tour of the nation’s woodlands next summer, performing their hits as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series Forest Live.

Blondie emerged from New York’s celebrated new wave scene producing innovative music with their rock/disco, reggae and hip-hop influenced songs. Fronted by pop icon Deborah Harry, their ground-breaking material brought them a stash of hit singles such as ‘Denis’, ‘(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear’, ‘Picture This’, ‘Dreaming’, ‘Union City Blue’ and ‘Rapture’.

Few acts can match their 20-year span of No 1s from ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Sunday Girl’, ‘Atomic’, ‘Call Me’, ‘The Tide Is High’ to ‘Maria’. Their singles success, complemented by 40 million+ album sales that include classic recordings like ‘Plastic Letters’, ‘Parallel Lines’ and ‘Eat to The Beat’, has ensured worldwide superstar status for this pioneering band.

Special guest each evening will be The Lightning Seeds, performing an acoustic set of their perfect pop songs such as ‘Pure’, ‘Lucky You’ and ‘Change’.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission, bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forests for both people and wildlife. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Blondie with special guests The Lightning Seeds will be performing:

Friday 14 June - Sherwood Pines, Nr Edwinstowe, Notts;
Saturday 15 June - Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk;
Friday 21 June - Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Glos;
Saturday 22 June - Bedgebury Pinetum, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent;
Friday 28 June - Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, N Yorks;
Saturday 29 June - Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffs; and
Saturday 6 July - Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire.

Tickets £36.00 (subject to booking fee) go on sale at 9.00am Friday 7th December from the Forestry Commission box office, tel 03000 680400, or buy on line at www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Information:
www.blondie.net;
www.forestry.gov.uk/music

Notes to Editors:

  1. More than one million music fans have previously attended Forest Live concerts.
  2. Forestry Commission Live Music takes place each summer in seven forest locations around the country. Woodland clearings are temporarily transformed into a concert arena creating a safe and relaxed atmosphere for gig-goers.
  3. 18% of England's woods and forests are managed by the Forestry Commission. In England, more than 50% of the population live within 10km of a Forestry Commission managed wood or forest.

Media enquiries: James Delanoy, james@delanoy.co.uk , tel 01223 812533.

e-mail: stuart.burgess@forestry.gsi.gov.uk