ASHCROFT RETURNS – WITH VERVE! has all the details - and brings you news of other live dates...

Richard Ashcroft played his first major show as a solo artist yesterday (7 August), and has live dates lined-up in GERMANY later in the year.

Ashcroft made his first performance as a solo artist with a full live band in the early hours of yesterday morning (August 7) at the Benecassim Festival in Spain.

According to Ashcroft‘s official website, [url=], he was forced to cut his set short by three songs due to time restrictions, but, as promised, played a selection of songs from his new solo album ‘Alone With Everybody’ – as well as the highlights from The Verve‘s back catalogue.

The full set ran: ‘A Song For The Lovers’ ‘Sonnet’ ‘I Get My Beat’ ‘Space and Time’ ‘Brave New World’ ‘On A Beach’ ‘You On My Mind In My Sleep’ ‘Lucky Man’ ‘New York’ ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’

In other Richard Ashcroft news, according to German website [url=], Ashcroft will play four German dates at the end of September. The dates are: Hamburg Docks (September 26) Berlin Columbiahalle (27) Koln E-Werk (28) Munich Colosseum (October 3)

A UK spokesperson was unable to confirm the dates, but tickets are available via the German website, [url=], priced 44 DM.

Finally, Richard Ashcroft is to take part in an exclusive webcast and live webchat on Ashcroft will answer fans’ questions and play an exclusive three song acoustic set at 7pm on August 18, on the eve of his first major solo UK performance at the V2000 festival – but you can pre-submit questions now – just click here.

Ashcroft‘s new single, ‘C’Mon People (We’re Making It Now)’ is released on August 28 through Hut. The single will be backed with a new song, ‘Make A Wish’, as well as a remix of his first single ‘A Song For The Lovers’.