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Public Image Ltd. have confirmed their long-awaited return to the live stage with a string of UK/EU and Japan dates this year.

John Lydon's Public Image Ltd Credit: Press/Tomohiro Noritsune

John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd Credit: Press/Tomohiro Noritsune

Following the band’s last Irish performance five years ago, the post-punk UK four-piece, led by ex-Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, will be performing in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on Sunday, August 26th with pre-sale tickets available from today (Friday, 23rd Feb) at 11 am via this link.

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd (PiL) are pleased to announce The Public Image is Rotten: UK/Europe + Japan Tour, kicking off in Bristol on 30th May (see below for all dates). Further PiL activity includes the release of a career–spanning box set and a documentary of the same name, the latter of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and then had its European premiere at London’s Raindance Festival in 2017. Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, it will be released later this year in select cinemas.

The band’s last Irish show was in 2013 and recent performances were regarded by many as the best performances the band have ever played. Tickets for the Tivoli on Sunday 26th August are priced  €34.50 + booking fee and go on sale this Monday 26 February at 11 am from Register for Dublin pre-sale tickets here.

The forthcoming 32-date headline UK/Europe leg of the tour also takes in festival performances in the United Kingdom, Holland and Poland, including a headline set at Camden Rocks Festival in London on Saturday 2nd June. The tour also includes an as yet to be announced very special London date. Japanese dates to be confirmed soon along with some further UK/European dates.

In 2015 the band released their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ which followed the huge critical success of 2012’s ‘This is PiL’, the band’s first album in 17 years. ‘What The World Needs Now’ peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). ‘What The World Needs Now…’ was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.

PIL album cover 2018

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, John Lydon guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’. After a 17 year hiatus, Lydon reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith continue as PiL. They are the longest stable line-up in the band’s history.


Tour Dates


Wed 30th May  – Bristol, England, O2 Academy

Fri 1st June – Bournemouth, England, O2 Academy

Sat 2nd June – London, England, Camden Rocks Festival

Mon 4th June – Coventry, England, The Copper Rooms

Wed 6th June – Norwich, England, The Waterfront

Tue 12th June –  Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, O2 Academy

Wed 13th June -Glasgow, Scotland, O2 ABC

Fri 15th June – Sheffield, England, O2 Academy

Sat 16th June- Manchester, England, O2 Ritz

Mon 18th June – Hull, England, ASYLUM, Hull University

Thu 21st June – Cardiff, Wales, The Tramshed

Sat 23rd June –  Exeter, England, Lemon Grove

Sun 24th June – Wrexham, England, William Aston Hall

Tue 26th June –  Reading, England, Sub 89

Wed 27th June –  Frome, Somerset, England,  Cheese & Grain

Fri 29th June – Nottingham, England, Rock City

Sat 30th June –  Southampton, England, Engine Rooms

Sun 5th Aug – Blackpool, England, Rebellion Festival

Sun 19th Aug – Hardwick, England, Hardwick Live Festival

Sat 25th Aug –  Bangor, Northern Ireland, Bangor Marina

Tue     28th Aug – Inverness, Scotland, The Ironworks

Wed 29th Aug – Aberdeen, Scotland, The Assembly

Fri 31st Aug – Dundee, Scotland, The Church


Fri 8th June  – Brussels, Belgium, Ancienne Belgique

Sat 9th June – Holland, Netherlands, Retropop Festival

Sat 10th June – Den Haag, Netherlands, Paard van Trojoe

Fri 13th July – Prague, Czech Republic,  Lucerna

Sun 15th July – Jarocin, Poland,  Jarocin Festival

Sun 26th Aug – Dublin, Republic of Ireland, The Tivoli

(Japan dates TBC)

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Oran O’Beirne

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