Richard Ashcroft to support Noel Gallagher in Scotland this summer

British indie icon Richard Ashcroft has been announced as the main support act for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Glasgow Summer Sessions on Friday 26, August, Bellahouston Park.

Johnny Marr and Circa Waves join the former frontman of The Verve, completing the bill for NGHFB’s biggest Scottish show to date.

Ashcroft has penned some of the most iconic songs of the 90s, with Bittersweet Symphony (listen below), Lucky Man and The Drugs Don’t Work all stand out tracks on The Verve’s 10-million selling Urban Hymns.

The 44-year-old from Wigan has returned with his first solo album in six years, These People, featuring the anthemic This Is How It Feels (listen below).

Speaking to the Guardian this week, Ashcroft said he’d like his music to scale the heights again and have more hits.

“You know, I set the bar pretty high, but I want to reach the summit again and enjoy it more this time,” he said. “I believe there are moments on this album that will make people feel, and are exhilarating.

“Hearing This Is How It Feels on the radio was an amazing feeling, like starting again. But I believe that in the end my name will be bigger then the Verve because of all those great tunes and the power of what I stand for.”

The full line-up sees a strong mutual appreciation between all the artists ,with Ashcroft declaring his admiration for Gallagher’s songwriting ability, and Marr lending his considerable talents to the second High Flying Birds album, Chasing Yesterday.

NGHFB and Marr will join Saturday headliners Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy, Wolf Alice and Cage The Elephant during the two-day event in the centre of Glasgow.

Tickets for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are on general sale now via www.glasgowsummersessions.com or by calling 08444 999 990