Jarvis Cocker is playing some tiny UK shows this month


Jarvis Cocker and a band of friends have announced a bunch of tiny UK shows under the name JARV.

The group will be playing some intimate dates across the latter half of March and into April – “most of the songs are new but some will be familiar”, promises a press release. Tickets are on sale right now, and available here.

Cocker will sing in the band, with Serafina Steer on harp and keyboards, Emma Smith on violin, Andrew McKinney on bass, and Three Trapped Tigers‘ Adam Betts on drums.

The release also offers up some sparse, cryptic information on the JARV project – read the full statement below.

JARV is entirely implausible
JARV is a way of looking at the world
JARV is an acronym
JARV stands for something
JARV is louder than you might expect
JARV is two women & three men
JARV is up close & personal
JARV is troglodytic
JARV is a rave in a cave
JARV is a group
JARV is the next best thing
JARV is electric music
JARV is a work in progress
JARV is happening
JARV is ancient & modern at the same time
JARV is playing near you very soon
JARV is an experiment
JARV is a night to remember
JARV is a live experience with no barriers
……& always will be. 

The dates for JARV’s upcoming UK run are below – “be sure to wear appropriate clothing,” reads the statement.

26th March – Brighton, Patterns
27th March – London, Moth Club
28th March – Ramsgate Music Hall
3rd April – Manchester, Deaf Institute
4th April – Liverpool, Williamson’s Tunnels
6th April – Castleton (near Sheffield), Peak Cavern
7th April – Castleton (near Sheffield), Peak Cavern

Back in December, Jarvis Cocker and Iggy Pop covered Nick Cave‘s ‘Red Right Hand’ for the fourth series of Peaky Blinders‘Red Right Hand’ is used as the theme music in the BBC show.


The show’s star Helen McCrory revealed the news of the collaboration on The One Show in November. “Every year, [the producers] look out for different singers, and who’s going to do the cover music,” she said. “One of the ‘Red Right Hand’ covers will be from the duet of Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker.”