They've gone and pulled a right rabbit out of the hat at Warehouse 23, with the announcement that the one-and-only John Lydon is coming to Wakefield on Wednesday 25 May.
The grand old man of punk, survivor of the Sex Pistols and I'm A Celebrity… (and the face that launched a thousand slices of hot buttered toast) will be in town with his long-running on-and-off band, Public Image Ltd, as part of a European tour.
Frighteningly, it's almost 38 years since the artist formerly known as Johnny Rotten launched PiL and with it, arguably, the post-punk genre, after which the band racked up five Top 20 albums and a similar number of Top 20 singles. The original incarnation of the band was dissolved in 1992 but, since re-forming in 2009, they have toured consistently and, despite his sometimes controversial TV appearances, Lydon has become something of a national treasure for the punk generation.
Tickets for the Warehouse 23 show are on sale from Monday 18 January, priced £26.50, from the box office on 01924 200162, in person from the venue on Smyth Street, Wakefield (open 11am–5pm, Mondays to Fridays) or via www.warehouse23.co.uk. They are also available at Wah Wah Records, on Brook Street, Wakefield; the Wakefield Visitor Centre, on the Bull Ring; Crash Records, Leeds; and Jumbo Records, Leeds.