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March 2012 - Media Release

The 2012 Dunedin Fringe Festival is proud to present the debut performance of John Cooper Clarke's 2012 New Zealand tour, where the iconic punk poet brings his unique style of performance to the Festival for one electrifying night. Satirical, political and piercingly funny, his work is characterised by lively, rapid-fire renditions of his poems that have become as distinctive as his visual appearance.

John Cooper Clarke gained a cult following in the late 70s as his rapid-fire performance style resonated with the punk movement, allowing him to draw huge crowds in his own right after touring with most of punk's seminal and ground breaking bands including The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Elvis Costello and Siouxsie and the Banshees. A figurehead for the movement and all that it encompassed, he became the "Punk Poet", a leading voice of the punk and youth culture of the time performing to thousands across the UK.

The revival of the 70s punk phenomenon over the last few years has seen a whole new generation intrigued by John's work. Recent years have seen Cooper Clarke presenting a series of shows on leading new music station BBC Radio 6 and appearing in the award-winning Ian Curtis biopic Control (where he plays his younger self), as well as numerous programs on Sky TV and The Culture Show. John's place in modern youth culture has been further cemented by a multitude of festival appearances, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Green Man, Electric Picnic, Big Day Out Australia and NZ 2007, and many more.

John Cooper Clarke will be performing as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival on 21st March. Supporting act Martin Phillipps, from seminal Dunedin band The Chills, will be performing a short set of rare songs from the Chills back catalogue. Punk rock roadie turned author, Johnny Green, is touring with Cooper Clarke and will present extracts from his book A Riot of our own -Night and Day with the Clash. As road manager for the Clash, Green had a unique vantage point from which to witness the burgeoning punk rock movement while helping the band in their perpetual search for women, booze, and drugs.

In the words of Festival Director, Paul Smith, "There is a huge level of interest in the work of John Cooper Clarke. In many ways, he's the ultimate Fringe celebrity."

The 2012 Dunedin Fringe Festival, 15-25 March, will present 50 events incorporating 300 artists from throughout New Zealand as well as international guests. The Festival's diverse programme showcases innovative art by emerging and established artists in all art forms from comedy to digital art. The full Festival programme is available at

John Cooper Clarke in Dunedin
Date: 21st March 2012, 8:00pm
Venue: Sammy's, Dunedin
Tickets: $40/$30, tickets available from



Charlie Gavey
Publicist, Dunedin Fringe Festival 2012
021 028 40694
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