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Patrick Clarke

Patrick Clarke

Patrick Clarke is a journalist, writer, editor and DJ based in London. He began his career running his own amateur music website and working for local publications in Liverpool in the early 2010s, dedicating his coverage to the city's burgeoning experimental music scene.

After relocating to London in 2015 to train as a journalist at City University, he joined The Quietus as an intern, later becoming a staff writer and eventually the site's temporary acting editor in 2022. He now remains at the site in the role of deputy editor. In 2018, he also began a role on the news desk at NME that lasted until 2022.

He is now a regular contributor to NME's features section, has written a number of cover features for DIY Magazine and is an occasional writer for The Guardian. His previous freelance bylines have also included pieces for specialist titles such as MARVIN, No Depression, the French publication Technikart, Gigwise, The Line Of Best Fit, Stylist and more. He has also written artist biographies for labels such as 4AD, Heavenly, Rough Trade and PIAS, and appears regularly as a live DJ.

His first book, about the band Soft Cell and the wider culture that informed them, is to be published in 2024 via the Manchester University Press.

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Manic Street Preachers: Melancholy Optimism: Manic Street Preachers

Interview by Patrick Clarke, The Quietus, 19 February 2018

The Manic Street Preachers thought they might never make another album again, then along came Resistance Is Futile. Patrick Clarke meets Nicky Wire to discuss ...

Big In Japan, Julian Cope, Dalek I Love You, Dead Or Alive, Deaf School, Echo & The Bunnymen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The La's, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Pink Industry, The Teardrop Explodes, Wah!, Pete Wylie: Eric's, Probe and the Armadillo: The Story Of Liverpool Music, 1976-1988

Retrospective and Interview by Patrick Clarke, The Quietus, 10 April 2018

Through a series of interviews, Patrick Clarke charts the history of Liverpool's brilliant, bitter and burgeoning music scene of 1976-1988, from Eric's and Probe to ...

These New Puritans: Barbican, London

Live Review by Patrick Clarke, The Quietus, 24 February 2020

These New Puritans' special Barbican performance The Blue Door delivers beauty, brutality and everything in-between. ...

Kendrick Lamar: Glastonbury Festival

Live Review by Patrick Clarke, The Quietus, 28 June 2022

Kendrick Lamar might not be our saviour, but his headline slot at Glastonbury 2022 is a staggering demonstration of how an embrace of complexity and ...

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