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Cocker to go on indie label tour

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker is working on a new album for Rough Trade

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker will play a UK tour in November to celebrate indie record label Rough Trade's 30th anniversary.

He will kick off the five dates in his home city of Sheffield in November, before moving onto London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.

"I'm proud to be part of these birthday celebrations," Cocker said.

The Smiths, The Strokes, The Libertines and British Sea Power have all enjoyed success with Rough Trade.

Other artists from the label will also be lined up to perform, although no names have been confirmed yet.

It is also the 30th anniversary of Cocker's first involvement with making music.

Rough Trade has always been about discovering the new, exploring the unknown & giving a voice to those who would otherwise remain unheard
Jarvis Cocker

"The first incarnation of Pulp was formed during an economics lesson towards the end of October 1978," Cocker said.

"How could I have known then that our two destinies would become so intertwined?

Cocker, who is currently working on a new album for the label, is expected to play new songs during the tour.

"Rough Trade has always been about discovering the new, exploring the unknown & giving a voice to those who would otherwise remain unheard," he said.

"And they're still doing it 30 years on. This is no dewy-eyed nostalgia trip - it's an on-going revolution."

A documentary, also commemorating the label's anniversary, is due to be broadcast on BBC Four.

Do It Yourself - The Story Of Rough Trade, will be shown next month.




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