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Former Pulp Singer Jarvis Cocker Set to Return to Glastonbury

Former Pulp singer, Jarvis Cocker is set for an emotional return to Glastonbury, headlining the John Peel Stage.

An unlikely pop star, Jarvis Cocker was just a bedroom dreamer in Sheffield when John Peel invited him down to London for a BBC Session. Anticipating his impending stardom, the young Cocker would no doubt have been less than happy knowing it would take him more than ten years to record another Peel Session - a record for the show.

However Jarvis Cocker eventually made it to the charts, propelling by an unlikely set of events. The Stone Roses were due to headline in 1995, but guitarist John Squire broke his arm in Ibiza.

Pulp were promoted to headliners and chose to unveil their titanic new single 'Common People'. One of Britpop's defining moments, it sent the band on course to the mainstream and launched Jarvis Cocker as a household name.

Jarvis Cocker will headline this year's John Peel Stage at Glastonbury on the Saturday night (June 27th). The singer recorded his second solo album 'Further Complications' with legendary producer Steve Albini, and it is one of his most unusual releases to date.

Joining the former Pulp frontman are Liverpool post punk legends Echo And The Bunnymen. Still an engaging live act the band will revisit their classic 1984 album 'Ocean Rain' at the show, before it's re-issue later this year.

Also due to headline the show are Manchester group Doves. Once the dance act Sub Sub the band have become one of Britain's best loved songwriters, with recent album 'Kingdom of Rust' earning acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Once the 'New Bands Tent' at Glastonbury the festival re-named the area the 'John Peel Stage' in honour of the legendary broadcaster. Peelie was a famous Glastonbury fan, and presented the BBC's coverage from the event each year until his death in 2004.

Already confirmed to headline the Somerset event are Bruce Springsteen, Blur, Neil Young and much more. Festival organisers have added a new area to the event named the William Green Stage, which kicks off a day before the rest of Glastonbury. Confirmed performers include The Wombats and Maximo Park.

Glastonbury is set to take place between June 26th - 28th.

Watch a performance of 'Monday Morning' from Pulp at Glastonbury in 1995 below:

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