Jarvis Cocker confirms Pulp reunion

Pulp are getting back together for a string of reunion shows in 2023

“What exactly do you do for an encore?” sang Jarvis Cocker on Pulp’s 1998 album, This Is Hardcore. Answering his own question with a social tease and a fully-fledged press conference, Cocker has now confirmed that Pulp are getting back together (again) for a set of reunion shows in 2023. 

Speaking at a Guardian Q&A event held to celebrate the release of Cocker’s new memoirs, Good Pop, Bad Pop, the reluctant Brit-pop icon answered a question about an Instagram post that referenced the band’s penultimate record.

“It was deliberately cryptic,” said Cocker. “It’s a line from This Is Hardcore… Next year Pulp are going to play some concerts.”

No further details were revealed at the Q&A, but Pulp’s drummer, Nick Banks took to Twitter to try and calm the fans down. 

“Hey folks, unsurprisingly it’s all gone a bit mental on here,” wrote Banks. “Gig details will be revealed as and when. Stay calm, hug your Pulp records and dream of going mental sometime in 2023.”

Pulp - Common People (Reading 2011)

Pulp released their first album, It, in 1983 – after having already spent five years trying to get a record deal. It wasn’t until the release of 1994’s His ‘n’ Hers that Pulp found commercial success, with the band’s follow-up, Different Class, becoming one of the defining albums of the 90s. 

Sort of breaking up in 2002, and then again in 2013, the years Pulp spent on hiatus saw Cocker launching several solo projects – hosting a BBC Radio 6 Music show, performing as JARV IS, and releasing a whole album of 60s French pop covers for Wes Anderson’s 2021 film, The French Dispatch.

Never officially breaking the band up, Jarvis once referred to Pulp as “a dormant volcano”. Twelve years after Pulp famously headlined packed stages at Glastonbury, Wireless, the Isle Of Wight festival and Reading and Leeds in 2011, expect the volcano to erupt again in 2023.