John Cooper Clarke announces ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ UK tour for spring 2021

The poet's new autobiography of the same name is released next week

John Cooper Clarke is set to head out on a UK tour new spring – see the dates below.

The tour, billed ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, shares the name of the poet’s new autobiography, which is set to come out next week (October 15).

The tour dates begin in mid-May at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, include a date in London at the Hammersmith Apollo, and finish in May in Manchester.


Tickets for the shows go on general sale next Friday (October 16) at 10am BST.

John Cooper Clarke’s ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ UK tour dates are as follows:

MAY 2021
15th – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
20th – London, Hammersmith Apollo
21st – Leeds, Town Hall
22nd – Liverpool, Mountford Hall
24th – Southend, Palace Theatre
28th – Birmingham, Town Hall
29th – Gateshead, Sage

JUNE 2021
3rd – Brighton, Dome
4th – Southampton, Guildhall
11th – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall


Cooper Clarke’s new memoir, I Wanna Be Yours, is out next Thursday (October 15). A synopsis reads: “Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his boggling encyclopaedic knowledge of twentieth-century popular culture, his private passions and guilty pleasures: from Baudelaire, Pam Ayres and Rimbaud to football to Coronation Street, comprising horse racing and gambling, politics and jokes – and much more.”

At the start of 2020, John Cooper Clarke spoke out on Brexit Day, which marked the UK’s exit from the European Union. “I’m not gonna tell you how I voted or how I didn’t vote,” he told NME. “But the fucking figures are in, they’ve been in for four years so fucking do it.”