jccThe extraordinary poet John Cooper Clarke will tread the boards at London’s Palladium for his biggest show to date in the capital this June. ‘Sunday Night Live with John Cooper Clarke’ will see the figurehead of ‘punk poetry’ bring his insatiable wit to London’s legendary theatre, with guest performers joining him for this very special one-night stand on Sunday 9th June 2013.

A great contributor to popular culture, Clarke’s influence has been cited by many of the great lyricists, including Alex Turner and Plan B, with the latter inviting John personally to appear in his directorial film debut, ‘Ill Manors’. His biting, satirical and political verse delivered with punch resonated with the punk movement. The 1970s and early 80s saw him share stages with groundbreaking bands of the time including Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, The Fall and Elvis Costello, whilst Joy Division opened for Clarke on numerous occasions. A major record deal ensued in 1978 as well as releasing an extensive collection of his poetry and words, ‘Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt’, which became one of the bestselling poetry books of the 1980s and has recently been reprinted due to its popularity.

The revival of the punk ethos in more recent years has seen a whole new generation of fans drawn to his work. This year during the BBC’s Punk Britannia season, John was called upon for on-air duties at 6 Music and BBC4 screened the documentary ‘Evidently … John Cooper Clarke’ as part of the proceedings.


Support on all dates comes from a stellar line up which varies from date to date as follows:

HMV Picture House – Edinburgh – 18th May

Luke Wright, Mike Garry

Grand Opera House – York – 1st June

John Shuttleworth, Simon Day, Mike Garry, Fran Smith

Colston Hall – Bristol – 7th June

Keith Allen’s Grow Up, Simon Day, Thea Gilmore, Mike Garry

The Palladium – London – 9th June

Very Special Guests I Am Kloot , plus Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden, Mark Thomas, John Shuttleworth, Simon Day, Viv Albertine, Luke Wright, Mike Garry, Martin Newell, Johnny Green, Salena Godden, Tim Wells

Tickets for all shows are on sale now