NEWS: John Cooper Clark announces 2018 Dates

Following the news of his world tour next Spring (including USA, Australia and NZ), Dr John Cooper Clarke has announced a huge UK headline tour for November/December 2018.

John will perform live shows across UK venues including a headline date at Manchester’s prestigious Bridgewater Hall and a very special show at one of the most famous theatres in the capital city, the London Palladium. John will also be joined by very special guest acclaimed comedian Simon Day who will be performing as Yorkshire poet Geoffrey Allerton.

The show is a showcase of spoken word –a chance to see John perform material both classic and brand new as he delves into his vast back catalogue, as well as his prolific collection of new work, all read from his trademark battered notebooks, delivered in John’s legendary, rapid fire style and iconic Salford drawl. Combine this John’s hilarious observations, gags and off the wall chat and it adds up to the chance to see a living legend.

As we enter 2018, John Cooper Clarke is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on pop culture. His influence can also be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of artists such as Plan B and the Arctic Monkeys. UK rapper Plan B featured John’s poetry in his directorial film debut ‘Ill Manors’ – their duet Pity The Plight appears in the movie and on the films hit soundtrack.

Dr John Cooper Clarke recently announced the first anthology of his work, a unique 3CD/DVD bookset collection of his work ‘Anthologia’. Released through Sony on 16 October 2015 this includes an expansive archive of poems from Evidently Chickentown, I Wanna Be Yours and live performances from the Manchester Ritz and Hulme Playhouse. The one-off collection truly encompasses Cooper Clarke’s wicked humour, originality and his mastery of the spoken word in a career spanning five decades.

Cooper Clarke has also recently collaborated with The National Trust creating a coastal poem to celebrate the nation’s enduring love affair with our beautiful coastline. The poem Nation’s Ode to the Coast, also marks 50 years of their successful Neptune Coastline Campaign. Watch the video HERE.


15 November Cambridge Corn Exchange

16 November Birmingham Town Hall

17 November Leeds O2 Academy

22 November Manchester Bridgewater Hall

23 November Brighton Dome

24 November London Palladium

29 November Gateshead Sage

02 December Cardiff St David’s Hall

Tickets go on general sale 10am Friday 8th December and will be available from / 0844 811 0051

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