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Ex-[a]Spiritualized[/a] keyboard player [b]Kate Radley[/b] will be part of her husband's band at the festival...

Richard Ashcroft will be joined on stage by his wife KATE RADLEY when he makes his debut UK solo live performance at the V2000 festivals (August 19 & 20), nme.com can reveal.

She'll join Richard onstage along with ex-Verve drummer Pete Salisbury, bassist Pino Palladino and lap-steel guitarist BJ Cole. Richard will also be playing guitar.

The gigs are likely feature a selection of old and new Ashcroft material, including a version The Verve's 1997 comeback single 'Bittersweet Symphony'.

Ashcroft recently told nme.com: "I'd like to play it. I might strip it down to the real essence of what it is - a really raw blues song."

nme.com can also reveal that Kate Radley, who used to play keyboards in Spiritualized, also played on Richard's forthcoming solo album 'Alone With Everybody', out on June 26 through Hut Recordings.

The title of the album was inspired by a poem by American author Charles Bukowski. The final tracklisting is 'A Song For The Lovers', 'I Got My Beat', 'Brave New World', 'New York', 'You On My Mind (In My Sleep)', 'Crazy World', 'On A Beach', 'Money To Burn', 'Slow Was My Heart', 'C'mon People (We Are Making It Now)' and 'Everybody'.

Speaking to nme.com last week, Ashcroft revealed he plans to release either 'Get My Beat' or 'Brave New World' as the follow-up to his next single 'Money To Burn', released on June 12 through Hut.

Meanwhile, V2000 organisers have announced free rail travel from anywhere in the country on Virgin Trains to the Staffordshire leg of their festival. To be entitled to free transport, festival goers need to book a weekend ticket with camping for the event, which takes place at Weston Park, Staffordshire on August 19-20.

Fans are then entitled to free rail travel from anywhere in the country on the Virgin Rail network, by calling the V2000 Train Line on 0115 912 9198.

Trains will run to Stafford and Wolverhampton, where shuttle buses will be on hand to take festival goers to Weston Park, priced at #4 return.

The other leg of this year's V2000 festival takes place Hylands Park, Chelmsford.

As well as Richard Ashcroft, other acts confirmed include Travis, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, James, Macy Gray, All Saints, Moby, Mansun, Death In Vegas and Supergrass.

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