Twenty years to the day since Pulp stormed Glastonbury

Jarvis Cocke performing with Pulp in 2012
Jarvis Cocke performing with Pulp in 2012

Twenty years ago today Sheffield band Pulp headlined the Saturday night headline spot on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, to massive critical acclaim.

Jarvis Cocker and co were 11th hour replacements for The Stone Roses who were forced to pull out after guitarist John Squire broke his collarbone in a mountain bike accident.

It was to prove a defining moment for both bands.

A year later the Manchester legends were no more following a very acrimonious split, while Pulp established themselves at the vanguard of the Britpop phenomenon, alongside Oasis and Blur.

The Sheffield unforgettable band’s performance at Worthy Farm that June night in 1995 is widely regarded as the moment they were catapulted into the mainstream.

Speaking in 2011 Jarvis said: “There are certain things of that night that are burned into my memory, I can remember going on and I can remember the end, but the middle bit has just been erased.

“I think it was the first show we’d done since we had become popular, and it was quite a moment because everybody sang along, and you realised that you’d crossed over into a different kind of world.”

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis also fondly remembers Jarvis’ band’s performance that night.

Speaking last year, Eavis said: “Pulp’s performance that night was very good.

“Jarvis was always going to go down well here because he’s an eccentric – eccentric artists go down well at Glastonbury because we’re an eccentric mob.

“I remember liking Common People, though I think I’ve heard enough of it now.”

Pulp’s Glastonbury 1995 setlist

1. Do You Remember the First Time?

2. Razzmatazz

3. Monday Morning

4. Underwear

5. Sorted for E’s and Wizz

6. Disco 2000

7. Joyriders

8. Acrylic Afternoons

9. Mis-Shapes

10. Pink Glove

11. Babies

12. Common People