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Sunday 30 July 2023.

Saturday 29 July 2023. PULP live at Hammersmith Apollo. Brit-Pop legends Pulp are back in London to play the second of two shows at this venue. On the back of the success of their outdoor Finsbury Park gig to 45,000 folks on 01 July. Both these shows sold out very quickly. I have seen Pulp several times since 1996 , when they headlined Wembley Arena. Several times I have seen Jarvis Cocker arrive at gigs, at venues like Shepherds Bush Empire and park his push bike and lock it to the railings. A summer where both Blur and Pulp reform for gigs. Tonight is the last night of the Pulp reunion tour. The last Pulp reunion was in 2011. Support comes from Irish singer-songwriter LISA O'NEILL. --------- I end up missing the support act. The venue is totally rammed solid sold out tonight. A few well known faces are in the circle... TILDA SWINTON (actress) NEIL HANNON (The Divine Comedy) GEOFF TRAVIS ( Rough Trade Records supremo) STEWART LEE ( comedian) PULP arrived on stage at 9pm and played for two hours. A stunning stage production that surely was the same as their massive Finsbury Park show. There are different raised levels for band members and the string orchestra. There is a big screen showing Pulp related images. There is use of ticker-tape and lasers and lots of lights. Jarvis Cocker is wearing his trademark corduroy jacket and trousers. His tall slim body pulls those funny shapes, as he jumps on top of he two podiums front of stage. His stage banter was as dry and droll as ever. Plenty of top notch Pulp classics played including mega versions of 'Disco 2000' and 'Commom People'. Lesser known tracks also played in the set. An excellent show. Full setlist played by PULP tonight... Intro (Short film in memory of Steve Mackey, introduced by Antony Genn) I Spy Disco 2000 Mis-Shapes Something Changed (Dedicated to Steve Mackey) Pink Glove Weeds Weeds II (The Origin of the Species) F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E. Sorted for E's & Wizz This Is Hardcore Do You Remember The First Time? Babies Sunrise Encore 1: Like a Friend Underwear Common People (Marley Mackey, Steve's son, on guitar) Encore 2: After You Razzmatazz Glory Days Hymn of the North (Jarvis Cocker song)