Pulp Reform For 2011 Festival Dates

No one saw this one coming. After a nine-year hiatus, Pulp have announced details of the first of a number live shows for summer 2011.

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No one saw this one coming. After a nine-year hiatus, Pulp have announced details of the first of a number live shows for summer 2011 that include headline slots at the Wireless Festival in London's Hyde Park on July 3 and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain, on May 27.

The gigs will be the first time that all the original member of the band - Jarvis Cocker (vocals), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Mark Webber (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass), Nick Banks (drums) and Russell Senior (guitar/violin) - have been onstage together since August 24 1996.

A statement from the band reads, "Pulp have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer. The shows will involve all the original members of the band and they will be playing songs from all periods of their career. (Yes, that means they'll be playing your favourites). In the meantime, ask yourself this: 'Do You Remember The First Time?' Thank you for your attention."

Pulp hit their creative and commercial peak at the height of the mid '90s Britpop boom and their legendary status was sealed when the band stepped in at the 11th hour to headline the 1995 Glastonbury Festival after the Stone Roses were forced to pull the gig due to injury. Their hit "Common People" became something of an alternative National Anthem. Cocker achieved further notoriety the following year when he invaded the stage during Michael Jackson's performance at the Brit Awards and wiggled his backside in protest at what he saw as the late singer's pompous presentation.

Pulp took an extended break in 2001 after the relative failure of their last album, "We Love Life."

The festival dates - particularly the London gig - has already lead to speculation that Pulp could well be heading back to the Glastonbury Festival which is held at the end of June.

Thanks for the report to Spinner.com.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    masterofpuppies
    Pulp were the Partick Thistle to Blur & Oasis's Old Firm
    That'll really help explain the situation to the Americans!
    Skuzzmo
    ToolCreedence wrote: Add me to the list of yanks that have never heard of this "great british band." Looked it up on Youtube. Doesnt sound that "great" to me. My opinion.
    Add me to the list of British people who was wishing he was a Yank who had never heard of this great british band..... Each to their own but last around Pulp were an exercise in how to over expose a band...
    acglee
    For those (Americans) who haven't heard of Pulp... think The Cure but with Weezer's geek appeal and humour. Not meant to be technical or heavy music. The lyrics made them amazing. Listen to I-Spy, Mis-Shapes or Something Changed. Class act, but won't appeal to those who only like metal or technical stuff.
    DifferentWorld
    I've never heard of them either. Granted, they broke up when I was 5, but I like to think I usually have a pretty solid grasp on music from that era, particularly if they're 'headlining a bunch of stuff for a reunion tour' big.
    Centurion
    C-C Beatroot wrote: Pulp were the Partick Thistle to Blur & Oasis's Old Firm
    Best analogy ever.
    AU79 XY
    C-C Beatroot wrote: Pulp were the Partick Thistle to Blur & Oasis's Old Firm
    Fucking love it.
    Small Print
    I hope I can get to see them. Different Class is one of the best albums of the 90's.
    fede01_8
    ToolCreedence wrote: Add me to the list of yanks that have never heard of this "great british band." Looked it up on Youtube. Doesnt sound that "great" to me. My opinion.
    that's ok if you don't like them. But you can't say they're not great just because you heard one or two songs
    ToolCreedence
    Add me to the list of yanks that have never heard of this "great british band." Looked it up on Youtube. Doesnt sound that "great" to me. My opinion.
    fede01_8
    stevezy wrote: can I just be the first to say....who?
    oh, that's new. a yanks that doesn't know a great british band
    mallen i am
    how can you lot not know who Pulp are and yet know the names of all these new metal bands. it baffles me, it really does.
    Ghefly
    Awesome, I love Pulp. Jarvis Cocker still has it, he's not an old washed up rockstar yet!