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Blondie to play deep in the woods
Friday 14th June, 2013 - Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe
By Dawn Bond
BlondieBLONDIE will headline the first of two gigs at Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe, next summer.
A band that emerged from New York’s celebrated new wave scene in the 1970s will take part in a special tour of the nation’s woodlands next year.
Blondie, fronted by pop icon Deborah Harry, will perform all their hits as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series, Forest Live.
The group produced innovative music with their rock/disco, reggae and hip-hop influenced songs, with such hits 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 number ones from Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Atomic, Call Me, The Tide Is High through to Maria.
Their singles success complemented by 40m-plus album sales, including Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines and Eat To The Beat, has ensured worldwide superstar status for the pioneering band.
Blondie will perform at Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe, on June 14 — the first night of a seven-date forest tour.
Their special guest will be The Lightning Seeds who will play an acoustic set of songs including Pure, Lucky You and Change.
Richard Darn, of the Forestry Commission, said he was delighted Blondie would follow in the footsteps of some top artists who had performed for them, including Paul Weller, Will Young, Simple Minds, The Beautiful South and Erasure.
He said: “Over 1m music fans have previously attended Forest Live concerts. 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. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving local forests for both people and wildlife.”
Richard said Forest Live was an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship.
Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow from the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400 or online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music
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