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Electric Picnic 2011 - Pulp

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ATL | 12:02 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Main Stage, Sunday 4th September, 10.30pm

Describe in a Tweet: F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A.L.L.E.D. P.R.E.T.T.Y G.O.O.D.

Pulp at Electric Picnic 2011 by Carrie Davenport - www.carriedavenport.com

 

What happened: What better way to finish a festival than feature a band with debauchery, partying and disco at its core? It feels as if king of the hipsters Jarvis Cocker is presenting one of his radio shows, talking to the crowd at length between tracks and showing his experience as a festival veteran as he plays on the substantial crowd that's turned out tonight. If Roxy Music met ecstasy in the 1990s, this would be the result: we hit the heights of the back catalogue pretty quickly with Do You Remember The First Time and Disco 2000 warming us up a little bit. It's when we hit the halfway stage that the more average tracks come out. Underwear is instantly forgettable and when Pulp slow things down the audience seem somewhat less enamoured with the group. It's a professional performance and for a band advancing in age there's still a tremendous amount of energy on stage, with Cocker pulling off dance moves that would be impressive on a man half his age. Common People is a glorious finale, a song that has stood the test of time without a shadow of a doubt. Is this the last hurrah of the Pulp reunion? We're not quite sure. But all good parties must come to an end, and this was a damn good one.

Different Class: F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A.L.L.E.D. L.O.V.E. is a special moment, with a great light show and half of the population of Stradbally spelling out the chorus.

I Don't Like Mondays: This Is Hardcore bores the pants off us, to be honest.

EP rating: 8/10

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