Pulp turn back time at Sheffield homecoming gig

Band delve into their back-catalogue at their first gig in the city for a decade

Pulp turn back time at Sheffield homecoming gig

Photo: Joey Maloney/NME

Pulp played a triumphant and emotional show at Sheffield Arena last night (December 8), their first gig in their hometown since 2002.

The band took the opportunity to play a few songs from early in their career. In what Jarvis Cocker described as "time travel", the band covered the 12,000-seater venue in toilet paper, a nod to the band's low-budget alternative to pyrotechnics when they started out.

Pulp were then joined onstage by former members, including Cocker's sister Saskia, for 1983 track 'My Lighthouse'. This was followed by 1985's 'Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)' and 1991's 'Countdown'.

The gig also marked the first occasion that the band have ever performed 1999's 'Born To Cry' live, with Richard Hawley making one of several guest appearances on guitar.

The set also featured most of the band's crowd-pleasing hits, including 'Common People' (you can watch fan-footage of the band performing the track below), 'Disco 2000' and 'Babies'. As confetti rained down after closer 'Something Changed', Cocker led the audience in singing Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'.

The set was met with a rapturous reception, with local fans joined by many who had travelled from as far afield as Mexico and the USA to witness the show. Cocker told the crowd: "Even now, I still get scared when we play Sheffield. So thanks for coming and being so nice to us."

Many fans expressed their delight at attending what could possibly be Pulp's last ever show on dry land. Their only upcoming tour dates are as part of the Coachella Cruise, which visits the Bahamas and Jamaica later this December. It is thought the band are likely to then go back on hiatus.

Pulp played:

'Do You Remember the First Time?'
'Monday Morning'
'Underwear'
'A Little Soul'
'Disco 2000'
'Sorted for E's & Wizz'
'F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.'
'I Spy'
'My Lighthouse'
'Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)'
'Countdown'
'Babies'
'Like A Friend'
'Help the Aged'
'Party Hard'
'This Is Hardcore'
'Sunrise'
'Bar Italia'
'Common People'
'Sheffield: Sex City'
'Born To Cry'
'Razzmatazz'
'Mis-Shapes'
'Something Changed'


Read More On This Artist

Pulp Merchandise
More News
Google to start publishing lyrics online
Thom Yorke tops list of most legally downloaded artists on BitTorrent in 2014
Fat White Family share new song for Christmas - watch
Radio 1 boss George Ergatoudis: 'There's no reason why there couldn't be a new...
Gerard Way: 'I miss the theatricality of My Chemical Romance'
14 more songs from Madonna's upcoming album leak online, including Pharrell collaboration
St Vincent hosts radio show for BBC 6 Music's 'Three Wise Women' Christmas...
The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel: 'I didn't like the way Mark Kozelek criticised...
Avril Lavigne denies rumours that she's in rehab
Prince shares lyric video for 'ANOTHERLOVE' - watch
Arctic Monkeys share short documentary film to mark end of 'AM' world tour
Wale and A-Trak release new Seinfeld-themed 'Festivus' mixtape
Madonna asks fans not to listen to her leaked album tracks
Bryan Ferry's son Merlin injured in car crash
One Direction sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots - watch
Footage emerges of a young Björk telling the nativity story - watch
Kanye West impersonator turns 'Yeezus' into a Christmas album - listen
$39 million settlement reached for 2011 Sugarland stage collapse which killed seven
Darkside's Dave Harrington joined by Antlers' frontman for Joni Mitchell cover - listen
Justin Timberlake joined onstage by country singer Garth Brooks - watch
The National make Christmas cameo in 'Bob's Burgers' - watch
Slipknot share video for 'The Devil In I', filmed live at Knotfest

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM