Film remembers Pulp’s last time in Sheffield

Jarvis Cocker on the Arena stage
Jarvis Cocker on the Arena stage

Pulp’s last Sheffield show – which many fans believe will be their last UK gig ever – is to be the centrepiece of a new feature-length film.

The documentary – which has the working title of Pulp and Sheffield – will focus on the night at Sheffield Arena last December which was the final main date of their 18 month reunion tour.

More than 13,000 people – many who had travelled from all over the country –packed into the venue for what critics rated as one of the best nights of the band’s long career.

The planned film is to be made by Screen Yorkshire, part of a package of four productions to be funded by £7.5 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Footage shot features not just the concert itself, but the story of the whole day in Sheffield, from dawn to dusk.

Fans are seen queuing for hours in the winter cold to gain the best spots, while for other people across the city it was just another busy Saturday.

The show itself – featuring Pulp’s classic ’90s line-up Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber with a guest appearance by Sheffield rocker Richard Hawley – featured not only the band’s biggest hits such as Common People and Do You Remember The First Time, but also some of their earliest songs such as My Lighthouse and Countdown.

Jarvis said after the show: “The thing is, even though I haven’t lived here for a very long time, I always get in a right fluster when we come to Sheffield.

“Your mother’s there, your sister’s there – even onstage singing with you.

“It will certainly be our last show for a while, yeah. I don’t believe in saying that it’s the last one forever. We’ll see. But this is it – for now.”

One of the producers Steve Milne said: “Music has been a big part of my life and we are delighted to be able to support this exciting project.

“It’s about establishing Yorkshire’s credentials as one of the top filming destinations outside London.”