RYDER STEPS OFF FESTIVAL BILLS

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The former Happy Mondays star is still working on his new record...

SHAUN RYDER has pulled out of a homecoming concert in MANCHESTER and a festival appearance at T IN THE PARK.

The former Black Grape and Happy Mondays singer was billed to play at the Move festival on July 13, and on the NME Stage at the T In The Park event in Scotland the same weekend under the name SWR.

However, a press release issued today reveals that Ryder is still working on his new record in Australia, and as a result, his first live gigs will be at V2002 in August.

At the Move festival, Echo And The Bunnymen will play, alongside Alfie[/a], Elbow and [a][/a], while the bill will be rearranged at T In The Park.

For tickets to either, call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.