Pulp set report – On The Bright Side Festival

Clammy alabaster skin, thick-rimmed glasses and awkward sexual advances: if these things get you excited, then chances are you were front and centre to watch Jarvis Cocker at his pelvic-thrusting best as he returned with Pulp to headline this year’s On The Bright Side festival.

Having disbanded in 2003 and with a gaping thirteen years since their last Perth visit, many fans had given up on ever seeing their brit-pop idols back in action. As a result there was more than just a whiff of expectation in the air as a huge crowd gathered on the Esplanade to see whether the second-coming had been worth the decade long wait.

Giant neon letters, which had been so tantalizing visible through translucent curtains, suddenly illuminated an impatient crowd as the stage’s veil dropped away and Pulp Mark II appeared, swinging straight into the well thought out opener Do You Remember the First Time. The band eased through a handful of favourites, including Something Changed and Disco 2000, before Jarvis cranked up the charm. Cocker spoke fondly of his last visit to Perth in Christmas of 1998 and as the evening progressed continued to litter intermissions with anecdotes about time spent in the West, including a rambling tale about a trip to Rottnest Island which had triggered his irrational fear of Quokkas.

Always the showman (and never one to be upstaged) Jarvis and his bandmates set about outshining The Hives’ typically flamboyant set that had preceded them. As they belted out hits, the ever agile Cocker embellished the show with his own special brand of dancing – gyrating and thrusting his way around the stage and, it must be said, into the hearts of each and every member of the crowd. With Russell, Candida, Mark, Steve and Nick all visibly enjoying themselves Jarvis culminated his stage antics by clambering onto a speaker stack to belt out This is Hardcore.

The night was predictably, and joyously, concluded with Common People, which saw Modest Mouse’s Tom Peloso providing violin accompaniment and the crowd simultaneously combusting with pleasure as they say along.

Pulp’s On The Bright Side Set List:

Do You Remember The First Time


Something Changed

Disco 2000

Sorted for E’s and Wizz

I Spy



This is Hardcore


Bar Italia

Common People

Stay tuned to FL for the full On The Bright Side review covering The Kills, Modest Mouse, The Grates and more.