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POST-punk favourites Public Image Ltd will take to the stage in County Durham later this month (August 2018) as part of the star-studded line up at Hardwick Live.

The band, formed by former Sex Pistol John Lydon back in the 1970s, will perform at the two-day festival at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield on Sunday 19 August.

Public Image Ltd will join a number of stars including Happy Mondays, Shed Seven, Echo & the Bunnymen, Feeder, Heather Small and Melanie C when the second day of the festival gets underway.

This will follow a busy Saturday featuring Kaiser Chiefs, Vintage Trouble, Ash, Jake Shears and Lucy Spraggan.

Public Image Ltd was formed in 1978 by Lydon – better known at the time as Johnny Rotten – after he left his previous group, Sex Pistols.

Seeking a more experimental post-punk sound, he created PiL and the band enjoyed a 10 year run of success with their second album Metal Box, still regarded as one of the most important of the post-punk era,

By 1984 the band’s other members had left and PiL became largely a solo project for Lydon, who moved towards a more commercial sound before taking a break for almost 20 years.

In 2009 he decided it was time to get the band back together, and since then PiL have released several further albums, and continue to tour and perform at festivals around the globe.

Last year, a documentary called The Public Image is Rotten was released featuring Lydon and his fellow bandmates recalling their years spent together and the band have also recently announced a huge tour of North America this year, shortly after their Hardwick appearance.

“To have been able to secure Public Image Ltd is a huge coup for us and I am very excited that they will be performing on the Sunday at Hardwick Live,” said John Adamson, owner of Ramside Estates which runs Hardwick Live.”

“Each year we strive to make the event bigger and better, and we work very hard throughout the year to ensure our guests enjoy the best experience possible.”

“I believe the way we have grown in stature over the years is one of the reasons we can now attract such high profile artists, and I am looking forward to welcoming John Lydon and all of the artists joining us for this year’s festival.”

Along with the bands and singers, audiences can look forward to further entertainment from DJs like Brandon Block, Danny Rampling, Graeme Park and Greg Wilson, and there will also be demonstrations from leading chefs  along with entertainment for children.

The event will this year support County Durham charities Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and Angel Trust, and tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for Hardwick Live start from £8 for children aged three to 11, £16 for 12-16-year-olds and £49 for adults each day. Weekend tickets are also available.

To buy tickets visit: and more information on the event is available at the official website

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