Richard Ashcroft announces two nights at the London Palladium in 2021

8 December 2020, 10:31 | Updated: 8 December 2020, 10:41

Richard Ashcroft performs in 2018
Richard Ashcroft will play two nights at the London Palladium in May 2021. Picture: Press/Robin Pope,

The former Verve frontman is set to make his long-awaited return to live music with two consecutive dates at the historic London venue.

Richard Ashcroft is set to make a long-awaited return to live shows next year.

The iconic singer-songwriter and former Verve frontman has announced two full-scale shows at the London Palladium from 21-22 May 2021.

The gigs will be Ashcroft's first shows in the capital since his intimate gig at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in December 2018.

Ashcroft said of the news: "It’s time to take back the stage. Music is power."

Tickets go on general sale from this Friday 11 December at 9.30am from and

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Meanwhile, the Song For The Lovers legend has been busy in the studio working on music ahead of some new releases which are expected to follow next year.

Speaking to Radio X earlier this year, the Wigan rocker even confirmed he'd planned to record a stripped-back collection of some of his greatest works.

Asked by George Godfrey if he had any plans in the works, Ashcroft replied: "Yeah, at the moment I'm set to start on an acoustic set of some of the best tunes [...] and stripping them back and laying them bare basically, so that will be my next thing. I'm excited about that."

The Drugs Don't Work singer added: "I'll be recording, I'm carrying on, moving on. So that will be my next record and from there when that comes out, that mythical night in my mind will take place."

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