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Former Pulp frontman- and general stalwart of British music- Jarvis Cocker has today announced a brand new tour of the UK. The singer had previously teased fans with an announcement on his official Instagram page, showing a space between his name, so it read ‘Jarv Is’, with fans pondering whether this meant the arrival of new music.
Cocker hasn’t released a full solo LP since 2009’s Further Complications, so the announcement caused much excitement among fans of both him, and his iconic Britpop act Pulp.
After teasing fans that an announcement would come on Tusday (meaning march 13), an updated video of the ‘Jarv Is’ post now lists a series of cryptic clues, which read:
“JARV is entirely implausible
JARV is a way of looking at the world
JARV is an acronym
JARV stands for something
JARV is louder than you might expect
JARV is two women & three men
JARV is up close & personal
JARV is troglodytic
JARV is a rave in a cave
JARV is a group
JARV is the next best thing
JARV is electric music
JARV is a work in progress
JARV is happening
JARV is ancient & modern at the same time
JARV is playing near you very soon
JARV is an experiment
JARV is a night to remember
JARV is a live experience with no barriers
……& always will be.”
Now, a seven date tour of the UK has been announced, beginning in Brighton on march 26, before concluding in Castleton in Yorkshire on April 7. NME is reporting that Cocker won’t simply be performing alone, but as part of a band (which would explain the “two women and three men” line in his post), under the name of JARV. Cocker will obviously sing in the band, with Serafina Steer (whose records Cocker has previously produced) on harp and keyboards, Emma Smith on violin, Andrew McKinney on bass, and Three Trapped Tigers’ Adam Betts on drums.
Never one to rely on past glories, a press release following the announcement of the tour suggests that there may be a hefty mount of new music being performed during this latest ramble around the country. “most of the songs are new but some will be familiar”, promises the press release. Tickets are on sale right now, and available here. You can see the full list of dates below.
26/03/2018- Patterns- Brighton
27/03- Moth Club- London
28/03- Music Hall- Ramsgate
03/04- Deaf Institute- Manchester
04/04- Williamson’s Tunnels- Liverpool
06/04& 07/04 – Peak Cavern- Castleton (near Sheffield)