Legendary band confirmed for outdoor shows
Adam Tait

10:13 3rd December 2012

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Blondie have announced they will play a series of shows hosted by Britain's forests next summer. 

The new wave legends will be performing their best known songs as part of the Forestry Commission's annual concert series, Forest Live.

The Forest Live series is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commissions to bring big acts to new audiences. The shows are put on without commercial branding or sponsorship, with all the income generated by the shows being spent on improving local forsts for both the public and wildlife.

The audiences are still fully provided for, despite the rural settings, with full catering and bar facilities.

Blondie emerged from New York's New Wave music scene in the mid 70s and have since gone on to define themselves with a string of hits that are now recognised as classics.

Heart Of Glass, Call Me and The Tide Is High have all now come to define that era of music and mean Blondie continue to be a household name.

The group split in 1982 after the sixth studio album, The Hunter, and frontwoman Debbie Harry pursued a solo career.

But the group reformed in 1997 and found revived success, earning another UK number one single in the form of Maria.

Their released their ninth studio album, Panic Of Girls, in 2011.

Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein on stage in Holland

For the duration of the seven date Forest LIve programme Blondie will be supported by The Lightening Seeds, who will open shows with an acoustic set of their pop songs.

Blondie will play seven dates for the Forest Live programme.

Tickets for Blondie's Forest shows go on sale Friday, 7 December at 9am. Full dates are below. For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.

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.
Saturday 6 July - Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire.

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