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Blondie announce new album and London Roundhouse date (2017)

Story by Jack Foley

BLONIDE have announced a return to the iconic Roundhouse in London, scene of past triumphs and something of a spiritual home from home for the UK’s favourite New Yorkers.

On May 3, the band will play a special show to celebrate the release two days later of Pollinator, their new album.

Blondie last appeared at the Roundhouse for a rapturous Apple Music Festival performance in 2014.

Blondie’s classic writing duo of Chris Stein and Debbie Harry are at the heart of Pollinator’s creation – with Doom Or Destiny and Love Level, while keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen’s two tracks (Already Naked and Too Much) prove the band continues to evolve almost song by song.

Blondie’s founding drummer Clem Burke provides the unmistakably thrilling propulsion throughout.

Pop’s uber writers and chart queens Sia (the shimmering synth led Best Day Ever) and Charli XCX (digital, bubble gum punk of Gravity) are fans invited by an admiring Blondie to contribute.

The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, an old friend and admirer writes My Monster, while Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion) cements an enduring partnership with Blondie by channelling shards of Heart Of Glass into the irresistible Long Time.

Along the way, Joan Jett and Laurie Anderson make studio appearances (Doom or Destiny) along with The Gregory Brothers (When I Gave Up On You).