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20 June 2023

The Pretenders Announce Surprise Glastonbury Set

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The Pretenders have announced that they will play a surprise set at Glastonbury Festival this weekend.

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The band took to their official social media accounts to announce that they will be play at the Park Stage on Saturday at 7.45pm. They will also be accompanied by special guests and friends.

“It’s always been there for most of our lifetimes. There has never been a festival like it anywhere else,” wrote frontwoman Chrissie Hynde in Instagram post caption. The Pretenders previously played Glastonbury in 1994 and 2017.

Earlier this week, The Pretenders released their latest single I Think About You Daily which features a string arrangement from Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead, The Smile). It is the second single from their forthcoming album, Relentless.

Relentless is a clearly defined snapshot of where The Pretenders are in 2023. Arriving with the impulsiveness and attitude that at once defines the band’s eternal spirit, brand new single Let The Sun Come In is also released today, following a premiere on the BBC Radio 2 Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. Listen below.

Speaking about the album title, Chrissie Hynde said: “I enjoy seeing the various meanings and origins of a word. And I liked the definition: “showing no abatement of intensity”. It’s the life of the artist. You never retire. You become relentless.”

On 30 June The Pretenders will join Guns N’ Roses as special guests at London’s BST Hyde Park, and at huge outdoor shows in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, before headline performances at summer festivals including Midnight Sun, Bearded Theory, Black Deer and Kite. In October the band will land in America to play Ohana Festival, California, by invitation of Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl.

The Pretenders – upcoming tour dates

27th June Bellahouston Park, Glasgow (with Guns N’ Roses)
30th June BST Hyde Park, London (with Guns N’ Roses)
3rd July Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany (with Guns N’ Roses)
5th July Bernexpo, Bern, Switzerland (with Guns N’ Roses)
8th July Circo Massimo, Rome, Italy (with Guns N’ Roses)
11th July Evenemententerrein Weert Noord, Netherlands (with Guns N’ Roses)
1st October Ohana Fest, CA (with Foo Fighters)

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