Sat 13 Oct 2012 | 7pm-10pm | £16.50 + bf
Alternative rock n roll idol and punk poet John Cooper Clarke returns to the Arches this October.
Combining wordplay and punnery, with the delivery of an American beat poet, he recalls hilarious anecdotes of life in a Northern Town, reciting his most famous poems in trademark machine-gun style. Highly regarded by bands past and present, he famously recited Evidently Chickentown at the start and end of Joy Division’s Transmission video and has opened for The Fall, Sex Pistols, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, New Order, Be-Bop Deluxe and Rockpile.
Referred to as the Bard of Salford, he scored a UK top 40 hit in 1979 with the single Gimmix. Play Loud, achieving further chart success with the album Snap, Crackle and Bop. In print, his most popular work is the collection Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt, and he appeared as himself in Control, Anton Corbijn’s biopic on Joy Division, despite having aged 30 years since his 1977 performance with the legendary band.
More recently, there has been something of a John Cooper Clarke revival; as well as warming up the BBC’s Punk Britannia season with a weekly show on BBC 6 Music, fans from Steve Coogan and Bill Bailey to Plan B and Kate Nash came together to celebrate the man behind the myth on BBC4 documentary Evidently… John Cooper Clarke.
Cast aside your traditional notions of poetry and listen up to the self-proclaimed ‘Johnny Clarke, the man behind the hairstyle’.
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The Ticket and Meal Deal is available for this show: enjoy a two course meal before the show for just £8.95. Please ask at Box Office when booking your tickets or call 0141 565 1000 for more details.
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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