Jarvis Cocker’s stage invaded at Glastonbury

Plus former Pulp man pays tribute to John Peel during headline slot

Jarvis Cocker had to deal with an over-eager stage invader during his headlining slot on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury tonight (June 27).

Before the former Pulp singer played ‘Homewrecker!’ a fan managed to make his way onto the stage, sidling up to Cocker and taking to the microphone.

“Without this man, Britpop would have been shit,” the reveller said. “He gave it integrity, which no-one else did.”


Clearly surprised, Cocker took the man’s drink off him – a bottle of champagne – and swigged from it before declaring that he had been left “embarrassed” by the encounter.

The fan was then calmly removed from the stage by security and Cocker continued uninterrupted.

The singer later played a flute he had purchased at a Glastonbury cafe earlier in the day. Using the instrument on ‘Caucasian Blues’, he said he had bought it because it was “the whitest instrument I could think of”, before describing it as a typically “lazy” instrument to play.

“Are you alright then? Is this the best festival in the world?” Cocker asked the crowd early on in the set.

“Within half-an-hour of arriving last night we were sat round a table with someone dressed as Bluebeard serving us cous cous… you just don’t get that at other festivals,” he continued.

He and his band then launched into the riff-heavy ‘Angela’ from his latest album ‘”Further Complications”‘.


After the track, Cocker picked up a stray plastic cup from the floor and wore it as a mask, much to the delight of the audience.

Watched by members of Kasabian, the singer tore through a set that relied purely on his solo material. Before playing ‘Leftovers’, Cocker teased the audience by saying: “Who wants to see a live dinosaur?”, making reference to the song’s abstract lyrics.

With the crowd clearly lapping up the 90-minute set, Cocker took time to dedicate a song – ‘Girls Like It Too’ – to John Peel, the DJ whom the stage is named after.

“This song, we wanted to play it ‘cos the title comes from a phrase I heard at John Peel‘s funeral, from his brother,” Cocker explained before starting the track.

For final track ‘You’re In My Eyes (Discosong)’ Cocker was joined by a series of backing singers and extra musicians.

Jarvis Cocker played:

‘Further Complications’
‘Big Julie’
‘Caucasian Blues’
‘Girls Like It Too’
‘Fat Children’
‘Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time’
‘You’re In My Eyes’

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