Jarvis Cocker Says Metallica's Glastonbury Set Could Be 'A Bit Abrasive'

The Pulp frontman voices concerns that the band's set won't work with the festival goers' "fragile" state.

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Pulp's Jarvis Cocker has had his say on Metallica's forthcoming headline appearance at Glastonbury, raising concerns that the metal band's set could be "a bit abrasive."

Speaking to BBC 5 Live (via NME), the frontman said he thought the band were an "interesting choice" for the slot, but that he wasn't sure if their performance would mesh with the festival goers' "fraglie" state.

He commented: "They've probably not had much sleep and they've been indulging in certain things. So the main thing is to be a vague, warm, friendly presence. Whether a full-borne rendition of 'Enter Sandman' is going to fill those criteria I don't know." Cocker will be attending the festival this year in a DJ capacity. Pulp headlined the event in 1995 when the Stone Roses had to pull out.

Metallica recently defended their upcoming Glastonbury performance, with drummer Lars Ulrich saying there's a point where the criticism directed at them "becomes ridiculous." Mogwai recently dismissed the group as being "unbelievably bad." The Scottish band will headline the Park Stage at Glastonbury on the same night (Saturday June 28) Metallica perform on the Pyramid Stage.

Last week, a petition to ban Metallica from Glastonbury Festival was created following the news that frontman James Hetfield will narrate a television series about bear hunters.

"Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail in England and we're respectful to that," Ulrich told Metal Hammer, "but when somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there's a point that it just becomes ridiculous. We're fairly thick-skinned and turn a blind eye to it or whatever, but if Mick Jagger, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian who I love, it's cool."

He continued: "We're definitely on a roll. We're warmed up, loosened up and fit for a fight. We're ready to go."

Metallica will headline Glastonbury on the Saturday night of the festival. Their fellow headline acts are Arcade Fire and Kasabian. Glastonbury takes place between June 25-29.

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    jonnyharris1
    Any one else get the impression that Enter Sandman is the only song by Metallica he's ever heard?
    USCENDONE BENE
    This is getting ridiculous now. The fragile state of festival-goers? There will be bands of all sorts and sounds playing throughout the day and he picks on Metallica who will be playing one slot in the evening. What a tool. What about Skrillex? Like him or not, his music has a certain purposely abrasive quality. Where's his criticism?
    Rimfrost
    Festival goers are very fragile in England, and yet in Denmark we can have stuff like Carcass on the same festival as Major Lazor and Rolling Stones. This thing has been blown out of proportions.
    N7Crazy
    Roskilde has since the 80's always been all over the place with music. Just last year you had stuff like Kvelertak and Kreator, and Hatebreed using the same stage as Efterklang, Sigur Ros, and When the saints go machine, as not to mention Orange scene where you had both popartists (Rihanna, James Blake), Stoner/Hard rock (Queens of the stone age, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), and metal (Metallica, Volbeat). Roskilde is not comparable to Glastonbury, as Glastonbury isn't as wide musically as Roskilde, and has created a depiction of themselves of being a middleclass hipster festival with mostly indie/britpop bands, though they actually have actually been taking different artists of different genres (including more "abbresive" ones) many times, if not almost every year. To be frank, I still don't even understand how the **** Metallica's gig has become a controversy.
    Bertallica
    They're a nation of crybabies trying to find any excuse to stop a band from the US from getting their main stage. There, I said it.
    AuraFX
    Everyone I know going to Glastonbury thinks Metallica will be great. Jarvis Cocker is always pretty sarcastic so it's hard to tell if anything he says is serious or not. But Metallica are on the Saturday night - this is not the closing night when we normally have the 'fragile' heads who've been up for a week out of their minds. Saturday is almost always the 'bigger' band (Friday headliner is usually the festival first time headliners, Saturday is the big legacy act, Sunday is the band of the moment). It sounds like more music related commentators are complaining than festival goers. It was the same with Jay-Z - most people either saw him or went to one of the other like 24 stages - they didn't pretend they would be forced to see the Pyramid stage act at a particular time on one day (there's plenty of people at Glasto who never even get near the Pyramid stage once)
    link no1
    I think that it's more about giving the main stage to a Metal band to be quite honest. The general population of Britain is pretty biased against metal and its fans. They probably think that a mass sacrifice of goats and virgins is going to happen because that "disgusting death metal band Metallica is playing their sacrilegious music".
    entropicxdisson
    METAL WAS INVENTED IN FUCKING BRITAIN!! Black Sabbath Deep Purple Judas Priest Iron Maiden Motorhead Diamon Head Saxon Budgie Venom Tygers Of Pan Tang Witchfinder General Angel Witch
    razorback91
    The Daily Mail does not speak for the 'general population' of Britain. Sure, metal is ignored by the mainstream, but it has a good following on these shores. EDIT: Just realised you're from the UK, maybe in Wigan there's a bias, backwards little town that it is .
    guitarnoob_100
    I know a shit-ton of people going to Glastonbury this year who have been going for almost a decade now. And they are all excited to see Metallica. I've not actually met anyone who is against them on the bill. Media trying to stir up a shit storm here.
    Melbra
    Surely the whole point of Glasters is to bring together a variety of contemporary styles of music? As a Brit, I naturally hate anything gun related too but Metal bands like this have always been and should always have a "f*** you" attitude. Who cares what everyone else thinks? Metallica should blow the roof off the festival. If people choose to get off their tits and then go and see them that's their own look out.
    Vinhair
    Why are people so pissed about Metallica being there anyway? They're a great live band, they will definitely create some change at the festival, considering most of the bands that play there are typical pop bands... I'm not a huge fan of Metallica myself, but I think it's a great choice, people are just angry because they don't like minor changes
    thf24
    These pretentious elitists need to get the **** over themselves.
    PoloSG68
    "We're fairly thick-skinned and turn a blind eye to it or whatever, but if Mick Jagger, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian who I love, it's cool." I'm right in saying this makes no sense at all right?
    BlackLabel5150
    "They've probably not had much sleep and they've been indulging in certain things. So the main thing is to be a vague, warm, friendly presence. I read that as we all turn into a bunch of pussys when we get high and go to festivals. Boy how the times have changed.....
    Democrab
    "They've probably not had much sleep and they've been indulging in certain things. So the main thing is to be a vague, warm, friendly presence." He clearly has never been to a metal show.
    loungeact88
    ....Can't tell if the Glastonbury festival goers really are a bunch of whiners, or if the media is just trying to make them look that way because they need a good story. Something tells me it's mostly the latter.
    frusciante_5
    "Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail in England and we're respectful to that," Ulrich told Metal Hammer, "but when somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there's a point that it just becomes ridiculous. We're fairly thick-skinned and turn a blind eye to it or whatever, but if Mick Jagger, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian who I love, it's cool." Keep making sense Mr Ulrich
    DickHardwood
    “We’re fairly thick-skinned and just kind of turn a blind eye to it, but obviously, if Mick Jagger has something to say, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian, who I love, it’s cool. But at some point, if some guy in some other band… it’s like, ‘Huh? What? Who are you?’ At some point it becomes a little bit ridiculous.” They cropped the sentence wrong. From Loudwire: | http://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulric...
    loungeact88
    The funny thing is that UG got the quote right in the other Metallica article on the homepage.
    DaniArrow
    Stupid article. Like it's the only festival in the world where people have been rocking for a few days and a metal bands plays.
    tonello
    I watched that show that Het is narrating. It's not about just going out and hunting, it's about protecting the island of Kodiak from letting the bears run rampant. During their pre hibernation days they eat tons of food and can over hunt on the island to the point that the male bears will turn on their cubs and eat them.
    SOAD_SoG
    What's with this whole mess about Metallica at Glastonbury? Is seriously that important? I prefered the daily Dave Mustiane's conspiracy news.
    RBM01991
    They should have animal blood and severed heads on stage as well as only playing the deep cuts off every album, just out of spite. Fuck these goddamned hipsters and their piece of shit lukewarm rock n' roll festival.
    deathofagod
    I was under the impression that festivals are an endurance test of how much drugs and loud music one can withstand, hopefully it's just Glastonbury that's full of pussies that can't handle their shit and need gentle music by day 3, otherwise I'll never bother going to a festival.
    AuraFX
    Given this year is likely to be a mudfest again, which is sort of like the middle-class version of war in the trenches, nobody is going to be upset that there is loud metal on one stage. Once you've swum through the overturned toilets for two hours to get to the Pyramid stage, you've got to be a bit harder than that.
    thatfenderguy
    I have a distaste for Metallica anyway so not seeing them on a Glastonbury stage is fine by me.
    crazysam23_Atax
    So, apparently Glastonbury festival goers are a bunch of pansies who can't handle anything that's harder than Indie rock.../facepalm
    N7Crazy
    You are aware that Nine Inch Nails headlined the festival in 2000? Glastonbury isn't unfamiliar with different kinds of acts, in fact most of the festival-goers are either interrested or simply going to visit some of the other stages when Metallica plays, this "petition" and forced controversy is mostly created by sour-grape activists who aren't even visiting the festival, and by the media -coughDAILYMAILcough- who eye a good story they can drag right up until the day Metalllica will actually play.
    KoRnpirate
    I saw them yesterday after 3 full festival days plus 12 hours before the mainstage - and I tell you one thing: nothing gives you more energy than the power of the enter sandman riff (in combination with a cold beer )
    iommi600
    Haven't we had enough of this? Jarvis has a point, just like Alex Turner and Johnny Marr had, but ffs. We all know that a lot of Glasto goers aren't metal fans and we all know that Metallica might as well get booed off the stage, so just let them play and see what happens.
    howyjr
    Slow news month. Although I have a fondness for Metallica, it would be nice to have more articles about bands that haven't been reported to death