Jarvis Cocker dedicates song to rioters as Pulp play Reading Festival

Plus Richard Hawley joins band for their first Reading appearance in nine years

Pulp returned to Reading Festival for the first time since 2002 tonight (August 27), playing a co-headline slot on the Main Stage before The Strokes.

Frontman Jarvis Cocker ‘dedicated’ ‘Joyriders’ to the people who have been rioting recently in the UK, and the band were joined by their old touring guitarist Richard Hawley on stage.

Before playing the song the singer said: “This is dedicated to those people who were rioting. They weren’t rioting, they were just playing Grand Theft Auto outdoors.”

Pulp had earlier entered the stage to the sound of an electronic voice chanting the message written on the back of the band’s classic 1995 album ‘Different Class’: “We don’t want no trouble, we just want the right to be different, that’s all,” and launched straight into ‘Do You Remember The First Time?’.

Cocker told the crowd about the first time the band played the festival, declaring before ‘Pencil Skirt’: “The first time we played here was exactly 17 years ago to the date, we played this song that day, it’s a dirty little number.” Of set closer ‘Common People’ he declared: “If this is the only song Pulp are remembered for, I don’t care.”

Hawley, who used to tour with the band and is now a solo artist, played with them for the first time tonight since their reunion.

Fan reaction was pretty positive, with crowd member Jules Alton saying: “I’m so happy I’ve got to see them live, it was amazing. Jarvis has definitely still got it.” Sean Goss mostly agreed, saying: “It was pretty good, I wasn’t blown away, but it’ll be good to say I’ve seen them.” Matt Owens went further, saying: “Superb, they were on it from beginning to end.”

Pulp played:

‘Do You Remember The First Time?’
‘Pencil Skirt’
‘Something Changed’
‘Disco 2000’
‘Sorted For E’s & Wizz’
‘I Spy’
‘This Is Hardcore’
‘Bar Italia’
‘Common People’

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