Who is she? If Patti Smith is a punk poet then Debbie Harry is the definitive pop punk godmother. She matters to everyone who has an interest in pop culture; her band Blondie paved the way for women in rock ‘n’ roll with her winning mix of charisma, swagger, attitude and talent.
She makes everything look good and her sexy tomboy style has been copied relentlessly ever since. One of the few women to be inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame, she has maintained her signature rebellious streak and is just as original and relevant as she ever was.
When is she performing?
Blondie is performing on the Other Stage on Friday 27 June at 12.15 – the perfect way to begin Glastonbury.
When can I catch her on TV?
You can watch Blondie’s set on BBC4 on Friday 27 June at 8pm.
Female acts to see at Glastonbury
Female acts to see at Glastonbury
1/11 Dolly Parton
Despite being in the music business for over 30 years, Dolly has never performed at a UK festival before
2/11 The Haim
The Haim sisters popped up everywhere at last year's event, performing secret gigs and providing backing vocals for Primal Scream. Watch out for Este's famous 'bass face'. (See them at The Other Stage at 16.25 on Friday)
3/11 Lily Allen
Lily's love for Glastonbury is well-documented so it's no surprise that her comeback tour includes a stop at Worthy Farm. (See her at The Pyramid Stage at 18.30 on Friday)
Lauren Mayberry's faltering between-number chat leaves a lot to be desired. The trio is described by the festival organisers as "Depeche Mode in the early '80s. (The John Peel Stage on Friday at 19.45)
The electro pop duo have evolved considerably in recent years. (See them at West Holts Stage, Saturday at 20.30)
The strong voice of Debbie Harry will be kicking things off relatively early on Friday, with their first gig at Worthy Farm since 1991. (See them at The Other Stage at 12.20 on Friday)
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7/11 Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi has scored Brit Award nominations and made it on to the Mercury Prize shortlist. (See her at The Park Stage at 20.00 on Saturday)
8/11 London Grammar
From left to right: Daniel Rothman, Hannah Reid (lead singer) and Dominic Major of London Grammar. They're perfect alternative if you don't fancy seeing Pyramid Stage headliners Kasabian. (See them at John Peel Stage, 22.10 on Sunday)
9/11 Lykke Li
Swedish singer Lykke Li is one of the top international indie-pop stars of the moment. (See her at The John Peel Stage, Friday at 21.15)
10/11 Beth Orton
Beth Orton made a return last year after a six year hiatus. Her Saturday evening set is the perfect way to chill out during the festival. (See her at Avalon Stage at 20.15 on Saturday)
11/11 Ellie Goulding
Her performance at Glastonbury will follow this year's O2, Wembley and Coachella performances. (See her at The Other Stage, 20.30 on Sunday)
Why watch her set?
She’ll undoubtedly get everyone dancing and you’ll know nearly every single one of her songs. Everyone should go to a Blondie gig before they die; she’s a trailblazer in both fashion and music, and has reinvented herself maybe as often as David Bowie and still held on to her integrity.
Her music sounds like it was made today – maybe, it’s just taken the industry that long to catch up with her. Also, any cool girl worth her denim cut-offs with be there – think Kate Moss and Alexa Chung – so if you’re into starspotting, Blondie’s set might be the place to start.
Best Blondie hits to download (you’ll probably have them all anyway):
"Heart of Glass"
"Hanging on The Telephone"
"One Way or Another"
If you like Blondie listen to:
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