Legendary singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft takes to the Royal Albert Hall later this year for an exclusive acoustic set.
Ashcroft, whose music career spans three decades, will play to London fans from his extensive catalogue. However, there’s an acoustic twist, and it’s only one of four shows he’s performing this autumn.
Ashcroft in Demand
Ashcroft, famous for his solo catalogue and his time with indie pioneers The Verve, has doubled his acoustic gig output for 2021. Initially, the performer put together a two-day residency at the London Palladium.
The Palladium shows are going ahead as of mid-October. However, interest in the acoustic set has been phenomenal. These gigs are entirely sold out – but thankfully, fans won’t have to wait too long for more shows.
The Albert show will be the last of Ashcroft’s acoustic sets this autumn, heading down from Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.
The Verve singer will also be attending Sheffield Tramlines in July, shortly after Nottingham’s Splendour Festival. You’ll also get the chance to see him down in Portsmouth for the Victorious Festival in August.
A Relief to Return
It’s been a tentative time for music lovers. The way people entertain themselves has changed hugely in the past year! Some enjoy playing old records, learning new hobbies, or playing casino games at jackpotjoy account, for example. However live music is back on the table again.
Ashcroft is going to take the opportunity to play new versions of classic material through his acoustic sets. This might not just include some of his best-known solo releases, such as ‘Song For The Lovers’. Ashcroft’s time with The Verve spawned chart-stormers such as ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and ‘Bittersweet Symphony’.
The singer’s last album, ‘Natural Rebel’, was released to acclaim in 2018. Could this latest string of shows help to kick off a new set of recordings? With fans treated to Ashcroft’s version of earlier this year, hopes are high.
Ashcroft has previously confirmed that the new shows will be about ‘stripping back’ and ‘laying bare’ old songs. In conversation with Radio X last autumn, it’s clear the star’s been planning a return for a while.
It’s also thought ‘Bring on The Lucie’ is the first of several releases due to emerge soon. Could we be due a significant album drop sooner than we think?
London Gigs Are Coming Back
Ashcroft’s extended residency in the City indicates that live music is, at last, flowing back into London. “It’s time to take back the stage,” he says. “Music is power.”
The star’s original Palladium gigs were due to take place in May. However, they faced pushback due to restrictions.
In any case, London indie fans have plenty to look forward to. Richard Ashcroft tickets are available now – but they’re going fast.