photos by Greg Cristman, reviews by Nathan Stout
James Murphy, El-P, Jarvis Cocker
The second of two S.S. Coachella cruises set sail off the coast of Jamaica last week (12/19) and returned on Sunday (12/23). (The first set sail from the Bahamas on 12/16.)
Day 1, pictured in this post, was headlined by reunited britpop greats Pulp and also included sets by The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy (DJ), El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. We didn’t catch Grimes on day 1 but pictures of her set at day 2 are on the way. Killer Mike also played day 1 but unfortunately we missed him. The venues on the cruise were all pretty intimate, which was especially great for Pulp fans who got to see them in a 1,400 capacity theater with great lighting. The other venues had darker lighting but the sound and intimacy made up for any other shortcomings.
Before S.S. Coachella, Pulp played a hometown show in Sheffield where they gave their fans Christmas cards which sent them to this link, which was activated with a download to a new song on Christmas Eve at midnight, according to Pulp fansite Bar Italia. The song was actually a re-recording of an old Pulp demo, “After You,” and it was done with fellow S.S. Coachella sailor James Murphy.
Writer Nathan Stout was aboard the cruise as well and he told us a bit about Pulp’s set:
A neon sign reading ‘PULP’ in huge letters swings back and forth on stage as Jarvis Cocker rips off another piece of clothing. He shakes his hips then falls on his back, puts his forearm on his brow, squirms, and thrusts the air…all to the pleasure of hundreds of screaming fans. It is the first night of the S.S. Coachella. We are front and center, proudly wearing our neon hats. Only a few feet separate us from Jarvis and Pulp. We are drunk (but not belligerent or reckless) and living in the moment; every ridiculous moment. We dance. We yell. We exchange glances of excitement and approval. Welcome to music fan heaven. Welcome aboard the S.S. Coachella!
He also wrote about the ship itself…
The Celebrity Silhouette is largest and newest of the Celebrity Cruise Lines’ fleet. The vessel weighs a whopping 122,400 tons and holds 2886 people. It was obviously built with luxury in mind. There are two large swimming pools on the top deck, four hot tubs, a lawn made of real grass, chairs, hammocks, basketball courts, a theater, restaurants, clubs, food everywhere, drinks everywhere, and as many servants as cruise patrons. Aboard this ship we lived like rock stars for four glorious days.
You can stream the Pulp song and check out more pics from day 1 of S.S. Coachella below…
Pulp – “After You” (w/ James Murphy)
The Rapture (DJ Set)
Simian Mobile Disco