Jarvis Cocker has stated that Pulp will return for reunion gigs next year. The Pulp frontman announced to fans at a talk and Q & A hosted by The Guardian, for his new memoir ‘Good Pop, Bad Pop’ that the band will return in 2023.
It comes after a 15-second video that Cocker posted last week on Instagram and in which the words “What exactly do you do for an encore?” could be seen.
The line is from the lead single of Pulp’s album ‘This Is Hardcore’ which was released in 1998 and hits its 25th-anniversary milestone next year.
Fans’ speculation that a reunion was imminent was sparked by this move. At the book launch held on 25th July, Cocker said that the post was “deliberately cryptic”.
“It’s a line from ‘This Is Hardcore’… next year Pulp are going to play some concerts!” he said.
When, where and how many concerts will take place in 2023 are still unknown. In November 2010, the Sheffield band announced their previous reunion, which included Cocker, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber from Different Class.
They continued to perform, including a now-famous surprise set at Glastonbury in 2011 and a headlining slot at Reading & Leeds, the same year.
Since doing two gigs aboard the SS Coachella Cruise and a homecoming gig in Sheffield in December 2012, Pulp hasn’t shared the stage as a group. Since the stand-alone single ‘After You,’ which was produced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, was released in 2012, the band has not put out any new music. Cocker compared Pulp to “a dormant volcano” in an interview with NME in 2015.
“You can think ‘wow, that’s dormant’ and then the next day your house has gone, because it’s erupted,” he said.