Jarvis Cocker Confirms Pulp Will Play Shows In 2023

27 July 2022 | 9:17 am | Brenton Harris

“Next year Pulp are going to play some concerts”

'Common People' by Pulp

'Common People' by Pulp (YouTube)

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Jarvis Cocker has confirmed that Pulp will reunite to play a run of shows in 2023. The legendary English rockers responsible for Common People will return to live stages for the first time since 2012. 

Cocker confirmed the groups' intentions to reunite in a Q&A hosted by The Guardian for his new memoir Good Pop, Bad Pop. In the Q&A session, Cocker responds to a question about a cryptic Instagram post he put up last week, featuring lyrics to This Is Hardcore from the 1998 record of the same name.

Cocker confirms that the post was a deliberate teaser stating "It was deliberately cryptic, It's a line from This Is Hardcore...Next year Pulp are going to play some concerts" 

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Further details on this latest Pulp reunion are not yet known. 

If the last Pulp reunion is anything to go by though, fans could be treated to some new music from Pulp. 

When the band played their hometown of Sheffield in early December 2012, they left a card on seats with a download code that promised a "little present". The download code became active on that year's Christmas day.

The little present turned out to be a re-recording of an old Pulp song About You. According to Pitchfork the track was recorded with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and was finished off while the band were on a cruise hosted by Coachella.

Icons of the Britpop era, Pulp were originally formed in 1978, Pulp rose to mainstream prominence in the mid-90s, thanks to the success of full-lengths His 'n' Hers and Different Class, with the latter reaching the number one spot in the UK album chart. The album featured four top ten singles, including the megahit Common People, and Sorted for E's & Wizz. The band was awarded the Mercury Music Prize in 1996 for Different Class.