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Jarvis Cocker dedicates song to rioters during Pulp's Reading Festival set

Pulp returned to Reading Festival for the first time since 2002 last night (August 27), playing a co-headline slot on the Main Stage before The Strokes.

Frontman Jarvis Cocker "dedicated" 'Joyriders' to the people who have been rioting recently in the UK.

Before playing the song the singer said: "This is dedicated to those people who were rioting. They weren't rioting, they were just playing Grand Theft Auto outdoors."

Cocker told the crowd about the first time the band played the festival, saying before performing 'Pencil Skirt': "The first time we played here was exactly 17 years ago to the date, we played this song that day, it's a dirty little number."

Of set closer 'Common People' he declared: "If this is the only song Pulp are remembered for, I don't care."

Richard Hawley, who used to tour with the band and is now a solo artist, played with them for the first time tonight since their reunion.

Watch Pulp's performance of 'Common People' at Glastonbury 1995 here:


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