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‘I WANNA BE YOURS’ 2021-2022


‘One of Britain’s outstanding poets. His anarchic punk poetry has thrilled people for decades and his no nonsense approach to his work and life in general has appealed to many people including myself for many years.’ Sir Paul McCartney

‘. . .nothing short of dazzling’ Alex Turner

‘The velvet voice of discontent’ Kate Moss

The most amusing autobiography of a literary aesthete you are ever likely to read’ The Daily Telegraph

‘Riveting’ The Observer Book of the Week

John Cooper Clarke will be heading out on his rescheduled ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ UK & Ireland tour throughout October 2021 – June 2022. Due to high demand a new Cardiff date has been added at St David’s Hall on Friday 10th June 2022, with tickets going on general sale on Friday 2nd July at 10:00am via /

John Cooper Clarke, also known as the Bard of Salford, is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator – he’s one of Britain’s most beloved and influential writers and performers.

John’s new memoir ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, was released on 15th October 2021 by Picador. The book explores his extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry; Bernard Manning to Linton Kwesi Johnson; Elvis Costello to Gregory Corso; Mark E. Smith to Gil Scott Heron and Joe Strummer and on to more recent fans and collaborators like Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey.

Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his mind-boggling encyclopaedic take on popular culture over the centuries: from Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe, to Pop Art, pop music, the movies, fashion, football and show business – with more than a few laughs along the way.

John’s new show is a breath-taking showcase of poetry and spoken work, sharing stories from his incredible life and hugely successful career. JCC will take you on an incredible journey with pieces from the new book as well as his usual musings, off the wall chat, riffs, gags and wicked humour.

‘I WANNA BE YOURS’ 2021 – 2022 UK TOUR


06 October Frome Cheese & Grain
07 October Exeter Corn Exchange
10 October Stratford Playhouse
12 October Norwich The Halls
13 October Sevenoaks The Stag
15 October Nantwich Words & Music Festival
17 October Glasgow City Halls
19 October Lincoln The Engine Shed
20 October Ilkley King’s Hall
21 October Lancaster The Grand
27 October Halifax Victoria Theatre
28 October Whitley Bay Playhouse
30 October Oxford New Theatre
04 November Wimborne The Tivoli
06 November Hereford The Courtyard Theatre
12 November Chester The Storyhouse (as part of the Chester Literature Festival)
16 November Cheltenham Town House
17 November Lytham St Annes Lowther Pavilion
23 November Hull City Hall
24 November Bedford Corn Exchange
26 November Nottingham Playhouse


16 March Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
18 March Liverpool Uni The Mountford Hall
20 March Birmingham Town Hall
14 March Leeds O2 Academy (change of venue)
30 March Brighton Dome
01 April Cambridge Corn Exchange
02 April Sheffield Octagon
07 April Southend Palace Theatre
08 April London Eventim Apollo
12 April Leicester De Montfort Hall
13 April Manchester Bridgewater Hall
14 April Manchester Bridgewater Hall
16 April Edinburgh Queens Hall
22 April Southampton O2 Guildhall
30 April Gateshead Sage
04 May Galway The Black Box Theatre
05 May Cork Cyprus Avenue
06 May Limerick Dolans Warehouse
08 May Belfast Cathedral Quarter
09 May Dublin Olympia
10 June Cardiff St David’s Hall (new show)

Tickets for the new Cardiff show go on general sale at 10:00am on Friday 2nd July. Tickets bought for the original tour dates will still be valid, all tickets are available from /

‘I Wanna Be Yours’ is available now from