A ground breaking year for the North of England, 2014 sees Le Tour de France take in Yorkshire for the very first time in the race’s history. It’s a golden year for John Cooper Clarke with a huge national tour underway, including sell out gigs in some of the nation’s most prestigious concert halls. He’s recently been involved in two number 1 albums, in collaboration with Arctic Monkeys and Plan B.
This July, in a celebration of an extraordinary summer for the North of England – the UK’s status as one of the most accomplished cycling nations on the planet and a prolific time for the UK’s favourite performance poet – two special events will take place at The Harrogate Theatre and Sheffield City Hall – La Grande Visite.
An evening of comedy, poetry and chat from some of the UK’s finest exponents of the arts will take place ‘en route‘, presented 1 and Edge Street Live. John Cooper Clarke will be joined by some of his most talented pals to celebrate the race the only way a group of performance poets and comedians know how – by putting on one hell of a show!
Harrogate Theatre is a stunning venue, right in the heart of the action on the Tour De France route, which will start in Leeds and finish with a sprint into Harrogate. John Cooper Clarke and friends will then follow the greatest cyclists in the world over to Sheffield where they’ll perform at the equally impressive Sheffield City Hall Ball Room.
Performances will come as thick and fast as the tour action, with appearances from comedians Phill Jupitus and Simon Day as their alter egos, Porky the Poet and Yorkshire’s least famous bard, Geoffrey Allerton.
Poetry like you’ve never heard it before will come from Mike Garry – acclaimed Mancunian wordsmith – and Luke Wright – lexical Essex acrobat.
The globe’s favourite performance poet, Dr John Cooper Clarke will headline the show.
All artists will be using the drama and romance of the race as inspiration, as they create specialist sets for these very special, one off events.
8, Legendary Tour Manager of The Clash, will be the evening’s host. Johnny is one of the country’s best regarded cycling aficionados, author of major Tour de France book “Push Yourself Just A Little Bit More”, and regular contributor to 1 Magazine.
Tickets are on sale now. Harrogate, Saturday 5th July. Sheffield, Sunday 6th July.