Sheffield’s Pulp cruise concerts for a different class

Sorted out for seas and showbiz: Jarvis Cocker and his bandmates playing in 'music festival at sea'
Sorted out for seas and showbiz: Jarvis Cocker and his bandmates playing in 'music festival at sea'

PULP have been back together for under two years - and they’re already hitting the cruise ships.

But the legendary Sheffield band’s voyage on the high seas is a world away from the type of booking more often associated with fading entertainers.

Instead the group have signed up for four performances on two luxury cruises around the Bahamas and Jamaica in December, shortly after their hotly-anticipated homecoming gig at the Motorpoint Arena.

Jarvis Cocker and his bandmates are playing as part of a ‘music festival at sea’ called SS Coachella, organised by the team behind Coachella, an annual event in the USA where Pulp played earlier this year.

The band will be sailing the ocean waves on the Celebrity Silhouette, a 122,400-tonne liner boasting 12 restaurants and cafes, a casino, designer shops and health spas.

As well as enjoying sets of Pulp’s greatest hits such as Common People and Disco 2000, more than 2,800 guests will be able to recline in the winter sun on deck and take in excursions on dry land.

Rooms can be booked from Saturday costing up to £1,280 for two people, and there are also plush suites available for music fans willing to pay more.

The short cruises leave on December 16 and 19 from Fort Lauderdale in California, meaning Pulp supporters travelling from South Yorkshire are likely to be diehards only.

The festival bill features more than 20 artists, including dance act Hot Chip, indie bands Yeasayer and Warpaint and a DJ set from James Murphy, former frontman of popular group LCD Soundsystem.

Music-themed sea trips are not a new phenomenon - outlandish rockers Kiss and rapper R Kelly have hosted their own cruises in recent years.

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* Jarvis Cocker formed Pulp in 1978 while still a pupil at City School in Stradbroke.

* The band were popular figures on the Sheffield indie scene in the 1980s and recorded a session for DJ John Peel, but struggled to achieve commercial success initially.

* Pulp found a wider audience with the albums His ’n’ Hers and Different Class, which reached number one after the band headlined Glastonbury as replacements for The Stone Roses.

* The band went on hiatus for almost a decade after bowing out with a concert at the Magna centre in Rotherham in 2002. The members busied themselves with other projects - Jarvis Cocker released two solo albums while drummer Nick Banks ran his family’s pottery business in Catcliffe.