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Richard Ashcroft's performed a solo acoustic set at Latitude Festival on July 20th. The Guardian briefly mentioned his set (as part of their festival coverage) and had this to say:

'As for Richard Ashcroft, he got one of the most baffled responses. Playing a solo acoustic set, he struck a slightly unnerving note with his cropped hair and Edward Snowden T-shirt), ranting about "the Orwellian nightmare" that is our lives and berating other bands for being "fakers"'

FYI, one of the commenters on the Guardian piece called Ashcroft's performance "probably the best performance of the weekend" and pointed out that Ashcroft's t-shirt was about Bradley Manning, not Snowden. The t-shirt reads "Free Bradley Manning," so it's unclear where the Guardian went wrong with that, however in Ashcroft's July 9th interview with the BBC he said the following: 

"I'd like to dedicate the whole performance to Mr. Snowden and I wish him good luck and a safe journey to somewhere potentially where he won't be hunted down and also Bradley Manning so basically anyone, any lovers of free speech, and freedom, and real art, come down and see me play."

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Meanwhile, former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is staging something of a takedown. As an intense solo set inspires mass singalongs of Verve classics such as “Sonnet” and “The Drugs Don’t Work”, Ashcroft mischievously extols the virtues of live music in general – it’s not meant to be perfect, apparently – and, more pointedly, informs us that he is “not a robot”. “I’ll take you down the only road you’ve never been down,” he croaks at the end of a climactic “Bittersweet Symphony”. Presumably not an Autobahn.

Ashcroft’s bracing rock star moment doesn’t, however, stop many people running from the tent to catch Kraftwerk.

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While Hot Chip got the crowd going ahead of headliners Kraftwerk on the Obilesk main stage, it was Richard Ashcroft, former front-man of 90s rockers The Verve, who played ahead of headliners Alt-J in the impressive BBC Six Music Arena.

It was Ashcroft who was the star of the show though, ramping up the nostalgia by playing three classic Verve hits.

The Six Music tent was full to bursting point as the audience joined Ashcroft in rousing sing-a-long performances of Lucky Man, The Drugs Don’t Work and Bitter Sweet Symphony.

For me, the rendition of The Drugs Don’t Work was the highlight of the whole weekend and a pretty special five minutes, with Ashcroft also playing some excellent snippets of songs set to feature on his new album.

The energy in the big top style tent, which towered over the main arena, was electric after Ashcroft had worked his magic and Alt-J felt the full benefits when they came on stage.

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A late addition to the bill, Richard Ashcroft's solo return might have slipped somewhat under the radar, but The Verve man seemed to enjoy his intimate, troubadour-style set on the BBC6 Music Stage. Performing with just his acoustic guitar, Ashcroft was part heartbreaker, part preacher and part activist. Drugs Don't Work was smouldered with passion, while Lucky Man was dedicated to CIA whistleblower Edward Snowdon "for revealing the Orwellian nightmare we're living in, thank you". Never a dull moment with Dickie.
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