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PULPS JARVIS COCKER MAKES A GUEST APPEARANCE IN SHEFFIELD

PULP LEGEND JARVIS COCKER MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE WITH RICHARD HAWLEY DURING LEADMILL RESIDENCY IN SUPPORT OF THEIR ONGOING EVICTION BATTLE, TO SEND MESSAGE TO LANDLORDS THAT “THEY MAY OWN THE BRICKS & MORTAR BUT THEY DON’T OWN THE SPIRIT OF THE LEADMILL”

Fans from across the U.K. were treated to a very special surprise tonight (Tuesday 9th August) as legendary Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker, made an onstage appearance with his former bandmate and fellow Sheffielder, Richard Hawley where they fondly remincessed about how the “place means a lot to them”.

Having already wowed concertgoers on the opening night alongside Rebecca Lucy Taylor (Self Esteem), Hawley pledged that the Leadmill residency would see him being joined onstage each night by a different special guest of his own choosing, in support of The Leadmill’s ongoing battle against their Landlords. 

Hawley introduced Jarvis to rapturous applause from an ecstatic audience, where Jarvis then stated that it was his first time back on The Leadmill’s iconic stage since November 1993 and that it was “nice to be back”. Pulp’s first full appearance took place at The Leadmill, on 16th August 1980 – 42 years ago.



The Pulp frontman has consistently vocalised support towards the venue since the eviction notice announcement in March of 2022. Tonight, Jarvis offered insight into the meaning behind the ‘You Can’t Buy…’ series, of which he collaborated with designer Graeme Swinton in 1995 to promote Pulp’s single ‘Common People.’ In April of 2022, Jarvis collaborated with Swinton again to produce “You Can’t Buy The Leadmill.” Jarvis proclaimed The Leadmill to be “more than this building and this stage, it’s something that’s grown over years and it’s a feeling. It’s like a form of magic.” He went on to send a message to The Leadmill landlords, stating that “they may own the bricks & mortar, but they don’t own the spirit of The Leadmill” and to “have some respect for a beautiful thing”.

The lucky audience in attendance were treated to two duet performances, including a cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘White Light/White Heat,’ which Jarvis told of how himself and Hawley used to dance to in The Leadmill whilst they “had a beer or two”. 

They also performed a never before heard song named ‘A Sunset,’ which was penned alongside Hawley and is inspired by the original venue logo which features a sun set and pays homage to past good times at the venue. 

This performance tonight was said to be a stark reminder of what Sheffield stands to lose if The Leadmill is forced out of the building and a reminder of the incredible talent that has grown at the venue over the years.

📸 CREDIT Tom Sunderland