Public Image Limited will play in Northern Ireland for the first time this summer.
Fronted by the once-feared Johnny Rotten, the former Sex Pistol turned butter salesman will take to the stage as the highlight act in this year's Open House Festival at the seaside resort of Bangor, just twelve miles outside Belfast.
He follows closely in the footsteps of former PiL bassist Jah Wobble who played near Belfast for the first time last autumn, declaring that gig one of his best ever.
Pil will play an open air gig on Bangor seafront on Saturday 25 August with support from a strong local contingent of seventies' has-beens-but-still-going including the band that put the oi in boistrous, the Outcasts. Fittingly in a World Cup year, the Undertones will flick to kick the concert off in their inimitable style with more songs about chocolate and girls.
“Bringing PiL to Bangor is a huge coup for the festival, and for the town,” says Open House Festival Director, Kieran Gilmore. “The band have never performed in Northern Ireland before, and we feel extremely proud and privileged to be the ones to coax them here – and to Bangor in particular.
When we announced the gig, John Lydon himself posted the comment ‘Bangor is an Energy’ and it’s stuck. We can’t wait to hear a few thousand people chanting along to it on Bangor seafront on 25th August!”