Pulp stopped by their hometown of Sheffield for a pair of shows on their reunion tour over the weekend. To make the second night even more special, they finished the set by debuting an unreleased song called “Hymn of the North”.
“I can promise you that no one but us on this stage has ever heard this song before,” vocalist Jarvis Cocker told the audience during his introduction. “Actually that’s a lie. It’s a song—kind of a version of it that appeared in a play by a guy named Simon Stevens. It’s called ‘Northern Hymn’. So we’re in the North, so we thought you should hear it first, okay.”
Cocker continued by saying that the band had “some lively discussions” about whether they should play the song live. “There’s a lot that could go wrong — I’m playing the piano, to begin with,” he said. “Goal [keyboardist] candida [Doyle]It will help correct the fingers.
See fan footage of Pulp making his debut at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield on July 15 below.
During the concert, Pulp also ran through a mixture of fan favorites and deep cuts. They were joined by former member Richard Hawley – who served as the opening act – on “Sunrise” and their signature song “Common People”. See the full list below.
This weekend, Pulp will play the Latitude Festival in Suffolk before showing a pair of London shows. In November, they will appear at the 2023 Corona Capital installation in Mexico City. Get your tickets here.
Pulp tuning list:
Something has changed
Weeds 2 (Origin of Species)
Arranged by E’s and Wizz’s
This is hardcore
Do you remember the first time?
Sunrise (with Richard Hawley)
like a friend
Common People (with Richard Hawley)
Northern Hymn (live appearance)