Jarvis Cocker to host a ‘voyage to the bottom of the sea’ for BBC’s ‘Late Night Proms’

Evening based on Cocker's Radio 4 show Wireless Nights

Jarvis Cocker is to host a ‘voyage to the bottom of the sea’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall this September as part of the BBC’s Late Night Proms series.

Alongside the BBC Philharmonic orchestra, the Pulp frontman will perform songs by The Beatles and Echo and the Bunnymen, as well as regale stories about the deep sea and ocean-based monsters. According to Digital Spy, the orchestra will also perform music by John Williams, Wagner and Bach.

“For one night only the Royal Albert Hall will be transformed into a giant diving bell, taking us on a voyage to the bottom of the sea, a voyage to the bottom of ourselves,” said Cocker. “Joining me on board we have a champion free diver, a giant squid hunter, two men called Roger, psychologist Carl Jung and the BBC Philharmonic.”

The event is based on Cocker’s Radio 4 show Wireless Nights and is scheduled to take place on September 10.

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In February, Pulp talked about the likelihood of new material and future tours. Speaking at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas, Cocker said: “We’re very cloak and dagger about that, well, it isn’t cloak and dagger, we just don’t know! We’re not being mysterious, we’re just not very together.”

He continued, saying there had been “very little activity… It’s like a volcano, you can think ‘wow, that’s dormant’ and then the next day your house has gone, because it’s erupted… Everything to do with Pulp or to do with me happens at such a glacial pace, that’s it hard to tell whether anything’s happening or not, but when it does, the whole geography of the planet is changed.”

Candida Doyle of the group added: “We’re just not that kind of band. If you step back into that environment where you want to release records, then all these complications step up.”