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Richard Ashcroft pulls out of Tramlines Festival in response to it being government tested

Richard Ashcroft has revealed that he will pull out of his headline slot at Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival following the announcement that the event will go ahead under the government’s Events Research Programme. 

The former Verve frontman took to Instagram to write: “Apologies to my fans for any disappointment but the festival was informed over 10 days ago that I wouldn’t be playing once it had become part of a government testing programme.”

Adding, “I had informed my agent months ago I wouldn’t be playing concerts with restrictions, the status of the festival was one thing when I signed up for it, but, sadly was forced to become something else.”

From there, he then signed off with laughing faces and the closing line of “It must be an age thing but the words Government Experiment and Festival.”

Last week Tramlines announced that it would be going ahead at full capacity on July 23-25 at Hillsborough Park, as part of a research programme into the return of live music. 

The bill, which also features the likes of The Streets, Royal Blood and Little Simz, is set to go ahead without restrictions subject to extensive testing before and after the festival to monitor how it goes. Both Richard Ashcroft and Tramlines are yet to make further comments.