The ever-green Blondie are the latest act announced for the annual Eden Sessions held in the surroundings of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Playing their first show in Cornwall for nearly 20 years, they'll be at the Eden Session on Friday 23rd June, one of only 2 in the UK this year.
The announcement coincides with the release of their eleventh studio album Pollinator, which comes out today (Friday 5th May). The album features tracks written by Johnny Marr, Charli XCX, Sia and Nick Valensi of The Strokes as well as material written by founder members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.
Known for iconic songs including 'Heart of Glass', 'Atomic', their cover of John Holt's 'The Tide is High', 'Maria', and many others, they've sold more than 40 million albums, and are one of only two American acts to have singles at the top of the UK charts in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the other being Michael Jackson. From the release of 1978’s Plastic Letters to 1999’s No Exit, Blondie had six consecutive top-ten albums in the UK. They have picked up a slew of top awards, including last year’s Q Inspiration Award and the NME Godlike Genius Award in 2014. In 2006, Blondie were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not bad!
Rita Broe, Eden's marketing director, said: "Blondie are one of the most enduring and important rock bands of the past 40 years and we're privileged for them to be playing such an exclusive show so soon after the release of their new album. This announcement is a great addition to what is sure to be a vintage year for the Eden Sessions, with cutting-edge contemporary acts like Foals and Royal Blood rubbing shoulders with classic artists like Van Morrison, ensuring the line-up has something for all tastes."
Tickets for Blondie cost £40 (+£5 fees), and are on sale at on sale at 5.30pm Wed 10th May.
Other sessions this year are from Bastille (June 15), Madness (June 16 – SOLD OUT), Royal Blood (June 22), Van Morrison (July 1), Bryan Adams (July 6 – SOLD OUT) and Foals (July 11).
The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. The event will have three stages featuring some of the best up-and-coming acts playing from early afternoon on each day as well as the headliners.
There is no camping allowed on site, and animals are not permitted.
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