1 June 2023
After two highly praised appearances in Bridlington and Warrington, Pulp have added three further UK dates to their expanding 2023 reunion tour.
A huge outdoor show at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl (8,450 capacity) will take place on Tuesday 4th July with support from Baxter Dury. Two further nights at London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith with special guest Lisa O'Neill are confirmed for Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July, with the latter seemingly being filmed by the band (hopefully for commercial release).
Tickets for all three dates go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd June.
In exciting news, the band have also confirmed a return to South America later in the year, performing at Fauna Primavera in Santiago, Chile on the weekend of 24/25 November, exactly eleven years after their last appearance - surely paving the way for more appearances across the globe in the coming months.
1 June 2023
An official merchandise store has been launched to coincide with the band's live return.
Pulp Official sells all manner of items from t-shirts to tea bags, tea towels to beach towels and for the particularly flash, Tatty Devine jewellery and a wall mirror. Certain items are online exclusives many are also be available to buy at concerts from the merchandise stall.
24 April 2023
In news that will delight diehard Pulp fans everywhere, Omnibus Press have announced the memoirs of long-serving drummer Nick Banks are due for publication in September 2023.
'And It Started There: From Punk To Pulp' "will trace the musician’s life from childhood through to the success of Pulp, which helped define the Britpop era".
Nick (pictured right with Omnibus editor Claire Browne) shared the news via Twitter, commenting: "Guess I might as well tell you lot. The memoir is in the can and out Sept this year - timing or what... Let you know more as we know it. Ok?”
25 March 2023
Beloved Pulp bassist Steve Mackey was laid to rest at Highgate Cemetery in North London on Saturday 25th March.
The Sun reported "A brass band and 25 speakers boomed out funk hits as a host of stars followed his flower-bedecked coffin carried on a vintage Land Rover. The Joubert Singers’ 1982 hit Stand On The Word rang out as celebs gathered at Highgate Cemetery, North London, to pay their respects."
In attendance alongside family, friends and bandmates were Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy, Noel Gallagher, Patsy Kensit, Daisy Lowe, Courtney Love and Marc Jacobs.
A short memorial video featuring audio with Steve and highlights of his work was posted on his Instagram page.
20 March 2023
Twelve years since BBC Four rewound Top Of The Pops back to 1976, repeats of the classic music chart programme have reached June 1994 and, at last, the arrival of Pulp!
The first of fifteen appearances on the programme, Pulp performed Babies, the lead track on The Sisters EP (released 23rd May 1994) on the 2nd June 1995 edition, due for broadcast this Friday 24th March at 7.30pm GMT. It was particularly notable for Jarvis unexpectedly opening his jacket to reveal a sign saying "I HATE WET WET WET". He took advantage of the fact that unusually the show was going out live. Wet Wet Wet were just beginning fifteen long, long, long weeks at the top with a cover of The Troggs's 'Love Is All Around'.
It'll be a little while before Pulp return to BBC Four, with Common People heralding major chart success in May 1995, but the majority of their appearances should be broadcast over the next few years; one confirmed casualty though is the 7th December 1995 edition featuring Disco 2000 (via satellite), being skipped due to the prescence of guest presenter Gary Glitter.
13 March 2023
A new four-part Channel 5 series documenting the story of the Britpop scene in the mid-90s will feature new interviews with Pulp keyboardist Candida Doyle and drummer Nick Banks, plus insights from long-time Pulp fan/expert and Bar Italia regular Mark Sturdy.
The opening episode focused on the origins of Britpop and the key rivalries of Blur, Oasis, Suede and Elastica, with Pulp and other emerging bands due to feature in part two, scheduled at 10pm on Sunday 19th March.
All episodes will be available to view free for a month from broadcast on the My5 catch-up service.
2 March 2023
Pulp have announced the death of bass player Steve Mackey aged 56.
Our beloved friend & bass player Steve Mackey passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones.
This photo of Steve dates from when Pulp were on tour in South America in 2012. We had a day off & Steve suggested we go climbing in the Andes. So we did. & it was a completely magical experience. Far more magical than staring at the hotel room wall all day (which is probably what I’d have done otherwise). Steve made things happen. In his life & in the band.
& we’d very much like to think that he’s back in those mountains now, on the next stage of his adventure.
Safe travels, Steve.
We hope to catch up with you one day.
All our love xx
(The band's original message is here)
Selected media coverage:
Sky News (video), ITVX (video), BBC News (article), Sky News (article), The Guardian (article), The Mirror (article), The Times (article), New York Times (article)
1 December 2022
With 964 backers, the recent crowd-funder for Hardcore, a unique photobook of Pulp’s This Is Hardcore era, has successfully reached its target of £45,000 and is confirmed for publication in autumn 2023.
Designed by Paul Burgess and Louise Colbourne, the lavish photobook will feature a myriad of previously unseen photographs of the band from late 1997 to late 1998, as well as newly commissioned artworks and essays. All backers will have their name published as a thank you.
28 October 2022
Jarvis, Candida, Nick and Mark will hit the road in May 2023, playing standalone shows as well as headline sets at the TRNSMT and Latitude festivals, but this time without bassist Steve Mackey.
"I’ve decided to continue the work I’m engaged in – music, film-making and photography projects,” Steve posted on Instagram. “Pulp is a very important part of my creative life and I’m exceptionally proud of the body of work we’ve created together."
Dates announced so far:
26 – Bridlington Spa, Bridlington
28 – Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
9 – St Anne’s Park, Dublin
15 - Isle of Wight Festival
1 – Finsbury Park, London (Wet Leg supporting)
7 – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
9 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough
11 – International Arena, Cardiff
14 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield (Richard Hawley supporting)
15 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield (Richard Hawley supporting)
21 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
Tickets will go on sale at 9am UK time on Friday 4th November.
6 October 2022
Hardcore, a lush visual celebration of Pulp’s sixth studio album, This Is Hardcore, featuring unseen photography, behind-the-scenes interviews and revealing visuals, is currently seeking crowdfunding pledges.
British photographer Paul Burgess was invited by Jarvis Cocker to document Pulp's activities throughout the This Is Hardcore era, taking photographs during video shoots, live gigs and other events. Written and designed by Burgess and Louise Colbourne, Hardcore contains a candid selection of previously unseen images of the band, behind the scenes and on set, of the four main video shoots made to promote the album.
With carefully curated images from Burgess’s archive, Hardcore also includes quotations and interviews from then and now by the video directors, band members and other artists involved with the album. Contributors include Doug Nichol, John Currin, Stephen Mallinder, Sergei Sviatchenko, John Stezaker and Florian Habicht, all of whom have a connection to the album, the band or the era. There are also visual responses from a selection of younger artists and designers, such as Alexa Vieira, who have been inspired by Burgess’s photographs and the band’s legacy.
Due for publication in mid-to-late 2023, the 256 page square-back hardback volume will be bound in a textured stock and feature the artwork ‘Rosebush’ (2003) by American artist John Currin (whose paintings feature in the Help the Aged video) as its cover.
Pledges begin at £40 (currently £35 for early birds) with a series of additional rewards offered for higher pledges, including author signed copies, t-shirts, badges, alternate slipcase, a specially created 3D lenticular photograph and one of four exclusive prints. All pledges will be refunded in full if the funding goal is not met by the deadline of Wednesday 9th November (7pm GMT).
Please consider pledging for your copy today to help make this special project happen.