Dr. John Cooper Clarke announces an all-seated show at the Olympia Theater

Tickets from €33.50 including booking fees on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

English performance poet Dr John Cooper Clarke has announced a series of Irish concerts, one of which will take place at a fully serviced Olympia Theater in Dublin on May 9, 2022.

Along with special guest Mike Garry, Clarke will also visit Galway’s Black Box Theater on May 4, Cyprus Avenue Cork on May 5 and Dolan’s of Limerick on May 6.

John Cooper Clarke first rose to prominence in the 1970s as the original “popular poet”. His unique style of songwriting and fast delivery was recorded and set to music by legendary producer Martin Hannett and a host of Mancunian superstars, such as Buzzcocks Pete Shelley and The Durutti Columns Vinnie Reilly.

Highlights such as ‘Beasley St’ and ‘Evidently Chickentown’ feature on the massive hit album Snap Crackle and Bopone of the four best-selling original albums on Sony Records in the late 70s and early 80s. They established John as one of the most prolific artists of the punk years.

Clarke headlined the gigs with support from many future superstars including Joy Division, New Order and Duran Duran. He has also been invited to be the special guest of bands like the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash.

His collection of poetry 10 year old in an open collar shirt was released in the early 80s on Random House – Penguin, featuring lyrics from his albums and more original material. It remains one of the UK’s best-selling books of poetry. Since then, her career has crossed cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

These days, John Cooper Clarke performs only as a stand-up solo poet. His unique poetry show has been playing in theaters around the world for over 12 years.

John’s Last Book of Poetry The luckiest guy in the world was released worldwide in November 2018 via Picador/Macmillan. With over 30 poems, it includes many of the favorites of its adoring audience such as; “I fell in love with my wife”, “Beasley Boulevard” and “Go back to drugs, you asshole”.

Today, Dr. John Cooper Clarke is more relevant and vibrant than ever and his influence is just as visible on today’s pop culture. Aside from her trademark appearance which continues to resonate in the fashion world; his poetry is on the national curriculum, while his effect on modern music is enormous.

His influence can be heard in the pointed social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B among many others. Arctic Monkeys set one of John’s most beloved poems, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, to music on their 2013 world best-selling album A M. Fontaines DC frontman Grian Chatten also cited Clarke as a major inspiration, which can be seen on the post-punk band’s debut album. Dogrel and second follow-up The death of a hero.

Clarke continues to appear on numerous UK TV shows, appearing in 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You. His frequent broadcasts on BBC 6 Music have also opened up a whole new audience for him.

His latest live show, touring across the UK, Europe, US, Canada and Australasia, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious reflections on modern life , good honest gags, riffs and talk – a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.

Tickets from €33.50 including booking fees on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

Revisit the Hot Press interview with Clarke from January 2011 in Galway here.