Pulp have detailed their initial 2023 reunion plans. These will be the Britpop band’s first shows in 11 years. So far it’s just UK shows, with a few dates each in May, June, June and July, including London (Finsbury Park on July 1 with Wet Leg), Glasgow, and two hometown shows at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 4 at 9 AM UK time. Might they also play Glastonbuy 2023? We’ll see.
UPDATE: Some caveats: like in 2012, the tour is without guitarist/violinist Russell Senior who bowed out of the band before This is Hardcore, but surprisingly these dates will also be without bassist Steve Mackey. He says that even though he’s “exceptionally proud of the body of work we’ve created together,” he has “decided to continue the work I’m engaged in – music, filmmaking and photography projects, and will not be joining them for these UK shows just announced.” Read his whole note via Instagram below.
No word on who will fill in for Mackey, alongside Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Royale and Mark Webber. Stay tuned.
On the plus side, Mackey did let it slip that “Jarvis and I remastered Pulp’s entire Universal Records back catalogue together just over two years ago at Abbey Road Studios. It was a huge pleasure to do that and review our songs and recordings together.” Pulp’s Different Class and This is Hardcore, among others, have never gotten official, band-approved vinyl reissues, so let’s hope might happen to coincide with the tour.
Let’s also hope more dates, including some North American ones, are still be be announced. Check out all dates, and the announcement video, below.
PULP – 2023 TOUR DATES
FRIDAY 26TH MAY 2023 – Bridlington Spa
SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2023 – Warrington Neighbourhood Weekender
FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2023 – Dublin St Anne’s Park
SATURDAY 1st JULY 2023 – London Finsbury Park w/ Wet Leg
FRIDAY 7TH JULY 2023 – Glasgow TRNSMT Festival
SUNDAY 9TH JULY 2023 – Scarborough Open Air Theatre
WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY 2023 – Cardiff International Arena
FRIDAY 14TH JULY 2023 – Sheffield Utilita Arena
SATURDAY 15TH JULY 2023 – Sheffield Utilita Arena
FRIDAY 21ST JULY 2023 – Suffolk Latitude Festival