EXCLUSIVE: Richard Ashcroft confirmed for Party In The Park

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What’s On announce Richard Ashcroft has joined Party In The Park with Lily Allen. The ex-Verve frontman will be at music festival in Dubai on November 14.


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Britpop icon Richard Ashcroft will play the main stage at What’s On’s first ever Party In The Park.

The singer-songwriter will support Lily Allen on the main stage at the festival on Friday November 14.

Wigan-born Ashcroft, 43, rocketed to fame in the ‘90s as lead singer of The Verve, whose soaring violin-led track Bitter Sweet Symphony became a massive global hit in 1997.

The Verve split in 1999 and the Brit and Ivor Novello award winner released his first solo album, Alone With Everybody, which reached the number one spot and went platinum in the UK.

Having penned epic rock anthems such as Bitter Sweet Symphony, History, The Drugs Don’t Work, Lucky Man and A Song For The Lovers, Ashcroft’s songwriting credentials are bulletproof. As a frontman, he is renowned for deeply emotional performances.

Such is the power of Ashcroft’s songs that they are often chosen by fans to be played at their most personal moments. Ashcroft explains: “So much that fans have said to me is incredibly personal to them. If you’ve written any good tunes you will be involved in funerals and deaths, you will be involved in weddings and births.”

His talent has won him the respect of his peers as well as legions of devoted fans. Noel Gallagher famously wrote the track Cast No Shadow about the singer, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has described him as “the best singer in the world”.

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Ashcroft also joins the critically acclaimed Freshlyground on the line-up at Party in the Park at the Media City Amphitheatre.

Set to become a regular fixture on the Dubai social calendar, the festival kicks off at 2pm and runs until midnight, promising to break the mould of the traditional gigs in the region and having more of European festival vibe, with several sounds stages. Guests can expect cool pop-up food stalls, activities and shows from extreme sports crews, street artists and more.

As well as the traditional performers, there will also be a Hype Clubhouse, showcasing international guest DJs and the best local DJs in the region. All that, right in the heart of Dubai.

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