Cocker and the label have both been making music for 30 years

Jarvis Cocker is to headline a nationwide series of shows celebrating Rough Trade Records 30th anniversary, starting in November in his hometown Sheffield.

Commemorating Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee’s iconic independent label, the tour will call at Sheffield, London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.

Cocker’s shows will hopefully include previews of new songs from his second solo album due out next year.

The singer, formerly the frontman of says the tour also coincides with 30 years since he himself started making music with the band.

Jarvis comments: “Strangely enough, this is also the 30th anniversary of my first involvement with making music (the first incarnation of Pulp was formed during an Economics lesson towards the end of October 1978).

How could I have known then that our two destinies would become so intertwined? I’m proud to be part of these birthday celebrations – I know there’s an awful lot of Anniversary Culture out there but this is one that’s actually worth celebrating: Rough Trade has always been about discovering the new, exploring the unknown & giving a voice to those who would otherwise remain unheard. And they’re still doing it 30 years on.

This is no dewy-eyed nostalgia trip – it’s an on-going revolution. Stand up & be counted! (Actually, comfortable seating IS available in most of the venues – should you require it).”

The Rough Trade 30th anniversary shows will take place at:

Sheffield Academy (November 25)
London Shepherds Bush Empire (26)
Edinburgh Picture House (28)
Mancester Academy (30)
Birmingham Academy (December 2)


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