John Cooper Clarke announces Blackpool tour date
8 January 2014
by Visit Blackpool
With the recent news of headline dates at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Leeds Town Hall having been met with positive excitement, John Cooper Clarke can now proudly announce his highly anticipated show at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, providing a suitably iconic venue for an iconic performer.
Britain’s best-loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the 70’s. His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapidfire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. JCC toured with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello.
He began to draw large crowds in his own right. Joy Division were proud to frequently support JCC and New Order later opened for him on their first Australian tour. Fast forward to 2014, and JCC remains a key orator of British society during this time, and his mark is indelibly seen in today’s pop culture. Aside from his fashion style spawning copycats all over the country, his effect on modern music has been huge.
His influence needs only to be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of the songs of the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner cites JCC as a huge inspiration and this was recently demonstrated by Turner as the band covered JCC’s ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ on their critically acclaimed fifth studio album ‘AM’. In addition, UK rapper and film maker Plan B asked John to appear in his directorial film debut “Ill Manors”. Their duet Pity The Poor Fellow appears in the movie and on the soundtrack.
Performing live at the Arena in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, John Cooper Clarke remains one of the most important voices of our time, and one of the greatest performers currently touring. Tickets on general sale on Friday 10 January 2014 from 10am.
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