Public Image Ltd to play one-off London gig in March

John Lydon and co to play BBC Radio 6 Music's 10th anniversary gig

Public Image Ltd. will play a one-off London show in March to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BBC Radio 6 Music.

John Lydon and co will be the special guests at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre on March 16, with Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, songstress Anna Calvi and Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny also scheduled for the bash.

Meanwhile, the Purcell Room in the same venue will host performances from Laura Marling and BBC Sound Of 2012 nominee Lianne La Havas, also on March 16. For more information, see

Public Image Ltd will release their new EP ‘One Drop’ on April 16, with their new studio album ‘This Is PiL’ expected to drop in May or June of this year.

Speaking to NME about the LP, Lydon said: “It’s very different. I would call it folk music. I’ve met with quite a few of the Irish folkies and they hate me. They think I’m mocking tradition, but for God’s sake, that’s been the story of my life. It’s not mockery, it’s called advancement. We can’t all be stuck in 17th century ditties.

“It comes from the heart and the soul. Whether that be electric, acoustic, digital or analogue, that’s still heart and soul. It’s not pop fodder and finely crafted pieces of fluff.”

Last month, the singer said that the reason the band had struggled to find a record label they wanted to work with was because of the popularity of shows such as The X Factor and the music industry’s unwillingness to take risks.