Pulp, the mid-1990s Britpop icons fronted by singer Jarvis Cocker, are in Dublin this week for their first tour in more than a decade. Regarded by fans as up there with the likes of Oasis, Blur and Suede, Pulp made it big in 1995 with their number one album Different Class. The band are on a rare visit to Ireland to complete a summer series of gigs at St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin, following the likes of the 1975 and Soft Cell. Pulp’s This Is What We Do For An Encore Tour 2023 is set to take fans back with songs such as Disco 2000 and Do You Remember The First Time? So what can we expect from the gig?
When do they play?
Things are scheduled to be kicked off at St Anne’s Park on Friday, June 9th at 6pm. The band will be supported by Richard Hawley, a former touring guitarist for Pulp who later went solo, and Yorkshire indie band The Orielles. So expect some Common People a little later in the evening.
What time should I arrive?
The gates open at 5pm and fans are advised not to turn up early as not to cause disruption around the area prior to the concert.
How do I get there – and home again?
Allow at least an extra two hours travel time to and from the venue. As traffic and delays are inevitable you are strongly advised to use public transport. There are no parking facilities available locally, and towing will be in operation.
By Dart: The nearest stop to the venue is Harmonstown. Extra services will operate before and after the concerts. For timetable information Irish Rail’s journey planner.
By bus: Several Dublin Bus services will bring you within walking distance of the concert site. Bus routes from Abbey St Lower include 6, H1, H2, H3 or 130. For more information visit dublinbus.ie.
Approach Routes: Follow instructions on your ticket for entry to venue. Your ticket will outline which route/entry to take to the venue.
- Green entrance: Off Sybil Hill.
- Blue entrance: At the tennis courts on All Saints Road.
- Ticket collection: Box offices will be located near the concert entrance inside the park. Organisers have advised downloading tickets to phones before the day of the event.
St Anne’s Park is a residential area, organisers have appeal to all concert goers to respect the local community by not littering, engaging in antisocial behaviour and parking illegally.
What will they play?
A couple of weekends back, the band performed a decent chunk from their 1995 classic album Different Class, so expect some earworms that take you back. Here’s what they played:
- I Spy
- Disco 2000
- Something Changed
- Pink Glove
- Sorted for E’s & Wizz
- This Is Hardcore
- Weeds II (The Origin of the Species)
- Do You Remember the First Time?
- Like a Friend
- Common People
Are there any tickets left?
At the time of writing there are still tickets available at ticketmaster.ie. Concertgoers are advised to buy tickets from accredited sources only.
What’s the security?
Under 16s attending the concert must be accompanied at all times by an adult. The promoter deems that large outdoor concerts are not a suitable environments for children under five.
Allow time for security checks on the way in. Bags larger than A4 size will not be permitted. All bags may be searched, and this can be time-consuming, so consider going bagless for easier entry. There will be no cloakroom or storage facilities. No alcohol – or food – is allowed into the arena. An Garda Síochána says it will operate a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption in public areas, and for any illegal, criminal or antisocial behaviour.
Other banned items include umbrellas, garden furniture, selfie sticks, flares, glasses or cans will not be permitted at the event.
Can I take photographs at the concert?
Smartphones and small digital cameras are permitted, but cameras with long or detachable lenses, or recording equipment, are not. GoPros and iPads are also prohibited.
What’s the weather forecast?
Met Éireann is forecasting scattered clouds and a high of 17 degrees on Friday. There’s a slight chance of some rain, so no harm to come prepared for that volatile Irish summer we know and love.