Richard Ashcroft announces rescheduled London and Manchester gigs after cancelling due to illness

"Everyone deserves to hear me at my best"

Richard Ashcroft has announced details of rescheduled gigs in London and Manchester, after being forced to postpone due to illness.

The former Verve frontman has been on the road in support of his latest album ‘Natural Rebel‘. However, Ashcroft now pulled shows at Manchester’s Albert Hall on October 31 and The Forum in London on November 1 due to a throat infection.

Now, Ashcroft’s website states that London date has now been rescheduled to Saturday December 22, while his Manchester show will now take place on Sunday December 23. Visit here for tickets and more information.

“I want to say how disappointed i am to have to reschedule the upcoming Manchester and London shows,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was diagnosed by the Middlesbrough team doctor and he said the throat virus probably started before Glasgow.

“It would have been easy to say we’ll just cancel Middlesbrough and Nottingham but the reason I was there is to play some cities like Middlesbrough that get passed on! It has really been hard to make this call but everyone deserves to hear me at my best. It hurts to think people have booked hotels etc, that’s the worst bit.”

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I want to say how disappointed i am to have to reschedule the upcoming Manchester and London shows. I was diagnosed by the Middlesbrough team doctor and he said the throat virus probably started before Glasgow it would have been easy to say we’ll just cancel Middlesbrough and Nottingham but the reason I was there is to play some cities like Middlesbrough that get passed on! It has really been hard to make this call but everyone deserves to hear me at my best.It hurts to think people have booked hotels etc that’s the worst bit.Again apology to fans band crew I will be back stronger I hope people who did see those shows no I care and love being up there Liam thanks 🙏 I no u was looking forward 2

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Referring to the below praise from Liam Gallagher, Ashcroft continued: “Again [apologies] to fans band crew. I will be back stronger. I hope people who did see those shows [know] I care and love being up there. Liam thanks 🙏 I know you was looking forward too.”

Ashcroft has made headlines recently with a bizarre appearance on BBC Breakfast, as well as burning a copy of the NME, and claiming that the ‘sachet’ seen falling out of his sock during his appearance on Soccer AM is a “doctored” image.

The singer was a guest on the show last month when viewers spotted what looked like a sachet appearing to fall out of his sock. He quickly swooped down to pick it up. A number of viewers soon shared footage on Twitter, suggesting that it was a small bag of drugs.

“I don’t know how many national publications printed a picture that someone had sent in from online,” he said. “It’s strange when you have been in the game this long that this idea would take place. But to see the effects of a doctored photograph by an individual, who we don’t know who it is.But believe you me, you are going to regret doing that, whoever you are.”

Ashcroft’s UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

Saturday December 22 2018 – LONDON The Forum
Sunday December 23 2018 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Friday April 19 2019 – PORTSMOUTH Guildhall

Saturday April 20 2019 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Monday April 22 2019 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Tuesday April 23 2019 – EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Thursday April 25 2019 – HULL Bonus Arena
Saturday April 27 2019 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Wednesday May 1 2019 – DONCASTER Doncaster Dome
Thursday May 2 2019 – LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
Friday May 3 2019 – LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
Saturday May 4 2019 – LONDON Olympia