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Glastonbury 2023: Blondie’s Clem Burke confirms band will play this year

Burke dropped the news during a recent interview about the band's summer plans.

By Nick Reilly

Blondie perform live in 2022 (Picture: Alamy)

Blondie drummer Clem Burke has seemingly confirmed that the New York icons will head to Somerset for Glastonbury Festival this summer.

While Elton John is the only performer to be officially confirmed for this year’s Worthy Farm bash, the unofficial announcement from Burke comes weeks after Guns N Roses guitarist Duff McKagan also let slip that an appearance was on the cards.

Burke seemingly let the cat out of the bag when discussing plans for upcoming UK performances, with their schedule also taking a performance at the Isle of Wight festival.

“We’re also doing Isle of Wight Festival and some other festivals… I guess the full list of artists to be playing Glastonbury hasn’t really been announced yet… but we are going to be playing Glastonbury, so maybe you’ve got an exclusive there,” he told Foxy Radio.

The New York rockers, led by the formidable Debbie Harry, are no strangers to Glastonbury either. They last performed at the iconic festival in 2014 on the Other Stage and also graced the Pyramid Stage back in 1999.

Elsewhere, Elton’s headline slot on the Sunday night of the festival (June 25) will mark the final UK show of the music icon’s last ever tour. Tickets for Glastonbury sold out within an hour of going on sale in November, a much longer time frame than usual due to a “technical problem”.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be headlining the Pyramid Stage,” John said in a statement last month. “As the end of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour comes into view, there is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans. They have been beyond brilliant, and have supported me through all the highs and lows of my career.”

Other acts linked with a headline slot include Arctic Monkeys.