Pulp frontman gives advice to Florence Welch ahead of Friday night's headline appearance
Welch and co will headline the Pyramid Stage at the annual Worthy Farm event in Pilton, Somerset, replacing Foo Fighters, who were forced to pull out at late notice due to Dave Grohl’s broken leg.
Writing in the Glastonbury Free Press, a newspaper printed especially for the festival, Cocker looks back to his band’s headline performance at Glastonbury in 1995, when they replaced The Stone Roses.
Cocker writes: “Dear Florence, the folks at the Glastonbury Free Press thought that maybe I could give you some useful tips on how to step into the shoes of a headline band that have had to cancel their performance due to broken bones.”
Revealing that Pulp “had to camp on site because all the hotels in the area had been booked up months before”, Cocker says this helped the band to “pick up the atmosphere of Glastonbury” – and he advises Welch to do the same.
Cocker also spoke about his initial nerves, telling Welch to bring a chair just in case stage fright gets the better of her: “I was nervous about performing in front of that many people and no doubt you will be too… In the hours immediately preceding our show, I became utterly convinced that I was going to have some kind of accident that would prevent me from being able to take the stage. I decided I needed to sit down to minimise the chance of injuring myself… do yourself a favour: bring something sturdy with you. (Maybe even a small throne?)”
Ultimately, Cocker says, the festival is much more than just the headliners: “No one is bigger than Glastonbury… As we walked through the festival it dawned on me that Glastonbury itself was the biggest character in this drama – if we broke a string or fluffed a line it wasn’t such a big deal.”
Cocker concludes the piece by writing: “Please DON’T break a leg. You broke your foot at Coachella anyway, so what are the odds? Please DO have a fantastic show”.