27 July 2011

Richard Ashcroft to perform in Dubai?

Though currently unconfirmed, the Gulf News website is reporting:

Dubai: Former lead singer of English band The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, will be one of many big names performing at Sandance Dubai 2011.

The five-star music festival will take place on Friday, October 14 at Atlantis, and will be the biggest beach festival the emirate has ever seen, according to organizers.

Singer/songwriter Ashcroft was the frontman of popular band The Verve from their formation in 1990 until their split in 1999 when he became a successful artist in his own right, releasing three UK top three solo albums.

The Verve reformed in 2007 but had broken up again by the summer of 2009. Ashcroft, and his guitar, will perform an acoustic set on the beach at sunset. The Verve shot to fame after the release of album Urban Hymns, which featured singles Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Don't Work and Lucky Man.

The full Sandance 2011 line up will be released soon.