The former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will support his fifth solo album, Natural Rebel, with a headlining performance at the recently unveiled Wasteland Festival on Tyneside.

Ashcroft, the indie rock maverick responsible for household Verve hits such as Bittersweet Symphony, Lucky Man and solo endeavours such as A Song for The Lovers, has been confirmed to perform at the event and will bring Wasteland – on Spillers Wharf Newcastle – to a close on Sunday 14th July.

After selling out intimate shows to support his new album, the former Verve frontman has announced a full tour this year and is expected to deliver a stunning set from his significant back catalogue on the banks of The Tyne this summer.

Richard Ashcroft, of course, needs little introduction. He was the lead singer and chief songsmith of The Verve since their formation in 1990 and oversaw one of the biggest and most successful albums of all time, 1997’s Urban Hymns.

Since the band’s original split in 1999, Ashcroft has become a successful solo artist in his own right, releasing three UK top three solo albums and selling out arena shows the world over.

Speaking about today’s announcement, SSD Concerts’ Steve Davis, said: “Richard Ashcroft is part of the UK’s musical DNA. A true genius.

He’s a British icon and has provided the soundtrack to some many people’s lives since bursting onto the scene with The Verve in the 1990s.

We’re so lucky to have him for Wasteland and we couldn’t think of a better artist to bring the party to a close. We’re not finished yet though. There’ll be yet more great bands to be announced very soon as part of this amazing three-day event on The Tyne.”

Richard Ashcroft by Dean Chalkley

Inspired by the region’s industrial roots, the epic outdoor three-day live music festival will take place on the banks of the Tyne this summer and will feature three of the UK’s most prolific and celebrated artists.

Indie Icons Bloc Party (performing Friday 12th July), punk and folk legend Frank Turner (Saturday 13th July) and Richard Ashcroft  (Sunday 14th July) will headline Wasteland, the North East’s new pioneering boundary-pushing live music spectacular.

Taking place at Spillers Wharf – on the site of the former Spillers Flour Mill – the event is set to shine a light on Tyneside’s industrial past and will serve as a welcome reminder of the continued programming of major high profile live music events in the region.

A limited number of tickets for Richard Ashcroft will be available on pre-sale from 10 am Thursday 14th March via this link: bit.ly/WLRA-PRE

They will then go on general sale from 10 am Friday 15th March via this link: bit.ly/WASTELANDRA

Tickets cost £45 plus booking fee.

Tickets for Bloc Party can be purchased here: bit.ly/WASTELANDBP
Tickets for Frank Turner here:bit.ly/WASTELANDFT