Pulp legends reunite for Washington's rebirth weekend

Some of Sheffield's finest musicians reunited on Saturday night as an iconic venue started its next chapter.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 7th February 2017, 8:58 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th February 2017, 12:09 pm
Nick Banks and Jarvis Cocker DJing at the rebirth weekend
Nick Banks and Jarvis Cocker DJing at the rebirth weekend

Pulp members Jarvis Cocker and Nick Banks joined Richard Hawley for a DJ set at the Washington for its rebirth weekend.

The trio spun records until the early hours, with a packed house enjoying a range of records.

Punters enjoying the night at the Washington

The rebirth weekend introduced punters to the Washington's new stage and dancefloor. Internal refurbishments were undertaken, and a new outdoor seating area unveiled.

It also made for a reunion, with the trio taking the time to say hello to many old faces among the crowd.

The Washington's managing director, Nick Booth, said it was unlikely there would ever be performers like that in the one place again.

"It's unlikely we'll see a lineup like that again for a little while, if at all," Nick said.

Richard Hawley and Nick Banks in action behind the decks

He was pleased that punters were happy with the event.

"It lived up to what we'd hoped for," Nick said.

Nick Banks said he had a great time behind the decks.

"Music and alcohol, what could go wrong?" he said.

Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker

"A great laugh was had by all."

He said he knew the Washington was going to be packed for the popular event, and seeing some old faces in the crowd was a thrill.

"I always really enjoy going down to the Washington," he said.

"It was almost like in the old days before social media, where you had to go out to see people.

Punters enjoyed the night

"Wondering who you were going to bump into. [It was like] that pot luck.

There was a party on the Friday night, too. Sheffield group Baba Naga played, and there were DJ sets from Dan Dylan Wray, Snakeman, Blancmange Lounge and Kai.

Punters enjoying the night at the Washington
Richard Hawley and Nick Banks in action behind the decks
Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker
Punters enjoyed the night