John Cooper Clarke announces Bedford show as part of rescheduled UK tour

The 'poet laureate of punk' will headline the Corn Exchange in November.

By David Jackson
Monday, 29th March 2021, 8:27 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 8:34 pm
John Cooper Clarke.
John Cooper Clarke.

John Cooper Clarke has announced the full list of rescheduled shows for his ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ UK tour which includes a new date at Bedford’s Corn Exchange this winter.

The tour will now take place between June this year and April 2022, with Clarke set to perform in the town on Wednesday, November 24.

John Cooper Clarke, also known as the Bard of Salford, is one of Britain’s most beloved and influential writers and performers.

The poet laureate of punk, is a musician, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter and social and cultural commentator.

His memoir I Wanna Be Yours was released in October last year 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 and Mark E. Smith to Gil Scott Heron and Joe Strummer – it also covers more recent fans and collaborators like Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey.

Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, Clarke 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.

His show promises to include poetry, spoken work and stories from his life as well as his usual musings, off the wall chat and wicked sense of humour.

Tickets for the original dates are still valid and all tickets are on sale now and available from, and

John Cooper Clark will perform the following shows this year and next year.


24 June Sevenoaks The Stag

27 June Stratford Playhouse

29 June Lancaster Grand Theatre

01 July Ilkley King’s Hall

04 July Lincoln The Engine Shed

05 July Whitley Bay Playhouse

10 July Halifax Victoria Theatre

11 July Lytham St Anne’s Lowther Pavilion

06 October Frome Cheese & Grain

07 October Exeter Corn Exchange

17 October Glasgow City Halls

30 October Oxford New Theatre

04 November Wimborne The Tivoli

06 November Hereford Shire Hall

12 November Chester The Storyhouse (as part of the Chester Literature Festival)

23 November Hull City Hall

24 November Bedford Corn Exchange (new show)

26 November Nottingham Playhouse (new show)


16 March Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion (new show)

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 (new show)

07 April Southend Palace Theatre

08 April London Eventim Apollo

12 April Leicester De Montfort Hall

13 April Manchester Bridgewater Hall

16 April Edinburgh Queens Hall

22 April Southampton O2 Guildhall

30 April Gateshead Sage