Jarvis Cocker: 'Pulp won't be playing this year'

Frontman says the band will be on hold "for a while"

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Jarvis Cocker has confirmed that Pulp won't be playing again this year.

When asked by NME what he meant when he told fans at the band's triumphant homecoming show in Sheffield at Christmas "this is it, for now", he replied: "For a while, you know. That was a good concert that, it was nice. But those things, you can't keep doing them… Pulp won't be playing this year."

Cocker was speaking at the premiere of The Big Melt, a new documentary film on Sheffield's steel industry that he wrote the soundtrack for. For the performance at the city's Crucible Theatre, he enlisted his Pulp bandmates Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Nick Banks and Richard Hawley to perform tracks from the film including a string version of The Human League's 'Being Boiled', A Guy Called Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray' and Pulp's 'This Is Hardcore'.

The Big Melt was directed by Martin Wallace, a long-term collaborator of Cocker's, and tells the story of the Sheffield steel industry using footage from the BFI National Archive.

To read the full interview with Jarvis Cocker, pick up a copy of this week's NME, which will be on newsstands from tomorrow (June 19) and is also available digitally.

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