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Play, Sat 17 Nov 2018

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

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Britain’s best loved poet Dr John Cooper Clarke will perform live shows across some of the UK’s most iconic venues.

The show is a sensational 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 at the top of his game.

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. Alex Turner, frontman of the Artic Monkeys cites him as a huge inspiration and this was highlighted by the band’s cover of JCC’s I Wanna Be Yours on their critically acclaimed fifth studio album ‘AM’. 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.  

These collaborations mean that John has been involved in two global number 1 albums in the last few years. 

As well as his regular TV appearances on the likes of Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, John also host 6 Music shows and his own BBC Radio 4 Show “John Cooper Clarke Live at the BBC”. 

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 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.

Cash PointCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

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Sat 17 Nov 2018 19:00 to 00:00

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    Address

    55 Cookridge Street,
    Leeds,
    LS2 3AW

    Location

    Directions

    See location of O2 Academy Leeds on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 298340  Lat: 53.80146 Long: -1.54901

    By Car:

    Arrive in Leeds city centre and follow signs for the loop road. Pass the Town Hall on your left and follow the road around. Take the next left into Cookridge Street, where the Academy is found off Millenium Square.

    By Public Transport:

    From Leeds railway station walk up Park Row. Head over The Headrow and walk past the Radisson Hotel. Cross the road by the cathedral and carry straight on. Pass the new museum and the academy is straight ahead on the left.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station

    Facilities

    • Cash PointCash Point
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups