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NEWS RELEASE No: 136582 JUNE 2010

Treat your dad to Blondie tickets

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Blondie will play at Westonbirt Arboretum this Fathers’ Day, Sunday 20 June, as part of Forestry Commission Live Music; a series of concerts where bands perform in beautiful woodland locations around the country.

With the recent good weather and a stunning location, what better way is there to treat Blondie-loving dads this Fathers’ Day than with tickets to the band’s Westonbirt concert?

One of the most significant bands of the popular music era, Blondie emerged from New York’s celebrated new wave scene producing innovative music and scoring major hits world-wide with rock/disco, reggae and hip-hop songs.

Fronted by the iconic Debbie Harry, their groundbreaking material brought them a stash of hit singles including ‘Denis’, ‘Picture This’, ‘Rapture’, ‘Sunday Girl’ and ‘Hanging On The Telephone’. Few acts can match their 20 year span of No 1 hits that includes ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Atomic’, ‘Call Me’, ‘The Tide Is High’ and ‘Maria’.

Classic recordings like ‘Plastic Letters’, ‘Parallel Lines’ and ‘Eat to The Beat’ have contributed to over 40 million album sales to date.

The support act on the night is now confirmed as Oxford band Little Fish.

Tickets cost £33.00 (subject to booking fee) can be purchased from the Forestry Commission box office on 01842 814612, online at or over the counter from the Forest Shop at Westonbirt Arboretum. 

Westonbirt Arboretum is three miles south west of Tetbury on the A433 (Tetbury to Bath Road).  It is 10 miles north east of Junction 18 of the M4, and south-east of junction 13 of the M5.


1. Forestry Commission Live Music takes place each summer in seven forests locations around the country. Woodland clearings are temporarily transformed into a concert arena creating a safe and relaxed atmosphere for gig-goers.

2. Forestry Commission Live Music encourages people to visit forests who may not have otherwise done so. Research indicates that 44% of music fans are visiting a forest for the first time. 95% of attendees stated that they were interested in attending a similar event in the future. Overall, 78% of respondents indicated that they were interested in returning to the site of their interview for reasons other than attending a concert. Source: TNS Travel and Tourism

3. Westonbirt - the National Arboretum is part of the Forestry Commission estate and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to the National Japanese Maple (Acer) collection, the National Arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains 16,000 specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of 23,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford, and later developed by his son George Holford.  Unlike many arboreta, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria.

4. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at

5. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from 23,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities.  

Katrina Podlewska, Communications Manager, Westonbirt  the National Arboretum, on 01666 881 207 or email: