The Verve's Richard Ashcroft struck down with illness

Band forced to pull festival appearance

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The Verve have been forced to cancel a festival appearance tonight (July 16) due to illness.

Frontman Richard Ashcroft has severe pharyngitis and a chest infection, meaning the band won't be able to play the Italia Wave Festival in Livorno.

According to, Ashcroft "has been advised by a doctor to rest and has been prescribed with antibiotics. The Verve wish to apologise to any fans who have bought tickets and hope to be playing again soon".

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