ASHCROFT KING OF THE CASTLE? understands that the prestigious slot will fall to the former Verve frontman...

Richard Ashcroft has emerged as one of the favourites to headline the 80,000 capacity SLANE CASTLE one-day festival this year, has learned.

Industry insiders have claimed the prestigious spot will either fall to the former Verve frontman or The Corrs.

They are due to be joined by Moby and Macy Gray at the site just north of Dublin on Saturday August 26. It would be the second time Ashcroft has headlined at Slane, having played the final ever Verve show there in 1998. At that gig, steel guitarist BJ Cole had already replaced Nick McCabe.

A spokesperson for Slane‘s co-promoters would neither confirm nor deny the line-up this morning.

“There will be an official announcement on Thursday,” she said, “You seem to know more about it than I do. I can’t tell you anymore until Thursday.”

The Corrs, poised to release new album ‘In Blue’ on June 26, have enjoyed considerable success in their home country. They sold out the 50,000 plus Lansdowne Road stadium in Dublin last summer.

Robbie Williams headlined at Slane last year. Stereophonics were said to have been approached this year, but turned the offer down as it would have meant missing the Reading/Leeds double-header at which they headline over the same weekend.

Slane Castle, extensively damaged by fire in the ’80s, was immortalised by U2 on their 1984 album ‘The Unforgettable Fire’.Richard Ashcroft plays the V2000 festival at Weston Park, Staffordshire (August 19) and Hylands Park, Chelmsford (August 20).

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