SHOWS FOR ASHCROFT LOVERS

Ex-Verve man makes solo debut appearance...

Richard Ashcroft will make his debut solo live performance at this year’s V2000 Festivals at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire on August 19-20, nme.com can reveal. As recently predicted by nme.com, Travis will join him on the bill as headliners.

It’ll be the former Verve frontman’s only live performances this year and will be the first opportunity for fans to see him live and hear the brand new material from his as-yet-untitled debut solo album, due for release in summer through Hut. The first single to be taken from the album is ‘Song For The Lovers’, out on April 3.

It’s not known who’ll be making up Richard‘s backing band, but Verve drummer Peter Salisbury, who played on the new album, is a definite. It’s also likely that steel guitarist BJ Cole will make an appearance on stage.

A spokesman for Richard Ashcroft told nme.com: “He’s putting it all together at the moment. He’s got people in mind but he’s keeping it all close to his chest.”

Since The Verve officially split last year, bassist Simon Jones has gone on to play in