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Pulp at Cardiff International Arena: timings, setlist and everything you need to know

The band’s ‘This Is What We Do For An Encore Tour’ lands in the Welsh capital tomorrow

Ed Cunningham
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Pulp are back, baby. Britpop’s hands-down best band (soz, Blur and Oasis) are on the road for the first time in a decade, with Jarvis Cocker and co playing a series of dates across the UK and Ireland.

Welsh Pulp devotees will no doubt have seen plenty of vids on social media of recent shows at Finsbury Park in London, as well as at TRNSMT in Glasgow and Dublin’s St Anne’s Park. The band haven’t held back from performing their hugest hits, from ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’ to ‘Do You Remember the First Time?’ and ‘Babies’.

This tour’s being sold as the ‘This Is What We Do For An Encore Tour’ (taking from Pulp’s 1998 tune ‘This Is Hardcore’), meaning that this might well be one of the last times that the band do a full UK tour. They head to Cardiff International Arena tomorrow (July 12): here’s everything you need to know.

What time will Pulp come on stage?

The exact time that Cocker and crew will come on hasn’t been announced, though the support will start at 7:45pm. From previous tour appearances, we’d expect the band to come on at around 9pm – or just before.

What’s the full setlist?

The setlist is subject to change, but this was what Pulp played at the previous date on the tour in Scarborough on July 9.

  1. I Spy
  2. Disco 2000
  3. Mis-Shapes
  4. Something Changed
  5. Pink Glove
  6. Weeds
  7. Weeds II (The Origin of the Species)
  8. E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.
  9. Sorted for E's & Wizz
  10. This Is Hardcore
  11. Do You Remember the First Time?
  12. Babies
  13. Sunrise
  14. Like a Friend
  15. Underwear
  16. Common People

Who is supporting Pulp at Cardiff International Arena?

Support comes from deadpan indie charmer Baxter Dury, who’ll come on at 7:45pm.

Are there any tickets left?

General sale has sold out, but tickets are being sold on resale sites. Purchase tickets second-hand at your own risk.

What’s Cardiff International Arena’s bag policy?

Cardiff International Arena allows just one small bag per person, including shopping bags. That bag must be smaller than 40x40x20cm and all bags will be searched upon arrival.

What time does the Pulp concert end?

Curfew is at 11pm.

What did Cardiff International Arena used to be called? 

The venue was previously known as Cardiff International Arena & Convention Centre (1993-2000) and Motorpoint Arena Cardiff (2016-2022).

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