Over the summer, frontman Jarvis Cocker confirmed that the band would be hitting the road next year for their first gigs together since 2012. Pulp drummer Nick Banks also told fans to “stay calm, hug your Pulp records and dream of going mental sometime in 2023”.
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After a “big” announcement was teased yesterday (October 27) by Cocker, Pulp have now confirmed the dates for their 2023 reunion tour, which features headline slots at Latitude and TRNSMT festivals, two hometown headline shows in Sheffield, a London gig at Finsbury Park and more.
“Three months ago, we asked, ‘What exactly do you do for an encore?’” Cocker wrote in a statement.
“Well… An encore happens when the crowd makes enough noise to bring the band back to the stage. So… We are playing in the UK and Ireland in 2023. Therefore… Come along and make some noise. See you there.”
The Pulp tour will begin in Bridlington on May 26 next year, with gigs in London, Scarborough, Dublin, Cardiff and more following.
See the full list of Pulp comeback dates below. Tickets will go on sale at 9am UK time on Friday, November 4, and you can buy yours here.
— Pulp (@welovepulp) October 28, 2022
26 – Bridlington Spa, Bridlington
28 – Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
9 – St Anne’s Park, Dublin
1 – Finsbury Park, London
7 – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
9 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough
11 – International Arena, Cardiff
14 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield
15 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield
21 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
Upon the announcement, bassist Steve Mackey has announced that he will not be taking part in the reunion tour. He said: “Pulp is a very important part of my creative life… and I’m exceptionally proud of the body of work we’ve created together.
“Jarvis and I remastered Pulp’s entire Universal Records back catalogue together just over two years ago at Abbey Road Studios. It was a huge pleasure to do that and review our songs and recordings together.”
He went on: “There have been wide reports of a full reunion for UK concerts today. However I’ve decided to continue the work I’m engaged in – music, filmmaking and photography projects, and will not be joining them for these UK shows just announced
“Wishing Candy, Nick, Mark and Jarvis the very best with forthcoming performances and also an enormous thanks to Pulp’s amazing fanbase, many of whom have sent me lovely messages today.”
The Britpop icons announced their last reunion in 2010, featuring the ‘Different Class’ line-up of Cocker, Banks, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber. Pulp went on to perform a number of shows, including a surprise set at Glastonbury 2011 and headline slots at Reading & Leeds that year.
Speaking to NME in 2015, Jarvis Cocker likened Pulp to “a dormant volcano”.