Blondie announce first UK tour for four years – including a date at Manchester’s AO Arena

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Blondie will play at Manchester’s AO Arena next year as part of their first UK tour in over four years.

The seminal rock band are booked to perform 10 dates over 15 days in November 2021 – visiting cities across England, Wales and Scotland.

Blondie will be supported by Garbage – the Shirley Manson-fronted rock group with more than 17 million album sales to their credit – for the second time, having already performed side-by-side on their “Rage and Rapture” tour of North America in 2017.

They are due to visit the AO Arena on November 9.

Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry said: “Next year’s UK tour is more meaningful to me perhaps than the very first time Blondie played there in the mid ’70s.

“The UK has always been a special place to us, and being able to come back to perform there after sitting out most of 2020 is very exciting.”

She added: “All tours are rarely the same, however, I really hope the new Blondie/Garbage concert events are even better. I have always been a fan of Garbage (and of Shirley Manson dating back to her days in Goodbye Mr Makenzie).

“Along with Butch, Steve, Duke and Eric this band set the stage on fire. I can’t wait to play these shows with them!”

Crowds will get the chance to see live performances of ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Atomic’, ‘Tide Is High’, ‘Maria’, ‘Sunday Girl’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘Call Me’, with the band also set to play songs from the latest album Pollinator which reached Number 4 on the UK charts.

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Harry’s bestselling autobiography, FACE IT, was released at the end of last year to overwhelming praise, with the paperback edition set for release in Autumn 2021.

Also coinciding with the new tour is the first Blondie Archive project in the band’s history: “BLONDIE 1974-1982: Against The Odds”. This will be released in four formats and include extensive liner notes, “track by track” commentary by the entire band, complete discography, and unreleased bonus material.

Tickets for the Against The Odds tour go live to pre-sale customers on Wednesday 21 October at 10am.

A second pre-sale will take place on Thursday 22 at 10am, before a general sale 24 hours later.

Ticket information is available online from:

The full tour dates for Blondie are as follows (all dates are in November 2021):

  • Sat 6 – M&S Bank Arena Liverpool 
  • Mon 8 – Utilita Arena Birmingham
  • Tues 9 – AO Arena Manchester 
  • Thur 11 – Bonus Arena Hull 
  • Fri 12 – Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 
  • Sun 14 – The Brighton Centre
  • Tues 16 – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
  • Thu 18 – The O2 Arena London
  • Sat 20 – The SSE Hydro Glasgow
  • Sun 21 – First Direct Arena Leeds

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