THE LUCKY few with tickets for Leeds Festival this weekend will probably be feeling rather smug. This weekend sees not only bands such as Jane’s Addiction and Elbow, it’s also hosting one of the most anticipated comebacks of the last decade – that of Pulp.
Sheffield’s very own anthemic indie pop pioneers reformed earlier this year to perform a string of live festival dates, including Spain’s Primavera and Glastonbury. The reformed Pulp features Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior and Mark Webber, alongside, of course, Jarvis Cocker.
And while the set list will be packed with classics from Pulp’s canon, Mark Webber, in an interview in The Times earlier this summer, stressed that the band were conscious of butchering their own material. He said the band were concerned about shattering people’s memories of their songs. “Worse than someone doing a band cover version is someone murdering their own songs years later. We hope to avoid that,” he said.
The band, which formed in 1978, hit rock and pop superstardom in the mid-90s with the release of albums His ‘n’ Hers and Different Class. Their hits include Disco 2000 and Common People – the latter being one of the definitive songs of the 1990s, as well as an astute satire on the British class system.
Both Common People and Disco 2000 featured in the band’s Glastonbury set list this year and are tipped to make it onto the Leeds set.
Pulp headline the main stage at Leeds Festival on Sunday.