Richard Ashcroft © Melanie Smith

Richard Ashcroft © Melanie Smith

Richard Ashcroft
Albert Hall, Manchester
December 23rd 2018

Louder Than War’s photographer Melanie Smith went along to Albert Hall to capture Wigan born musician and ex Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft’s sold out show, which had been re scheduled after a cancellation in October due to illness.

‘Natural Rebel’ is Ashcroft’s most recent album, it’s had a few mixed reviews but tonight no one cares as he blasts his way through a number of well known Verve tracks and his own acclaimed solo music. Walking on stage like a cool indie superstar, resplendent with trademark Raybans, off comes the coat, revealing a camouflaged shirt as he blasts off with ‘Hold On’ from his ‘These People’ album. Richard Ashcroft is still relevant and he acknowledges how honoured he is to be a part of Manchester’s musical heritage.

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Hold On
Space and Time
Surprised by the Joy
Weeping Willow
A Song for the Lovers
Break the Night With Colour
Birds Fly
Lucky Man
That’s How Strong

The Drugs Don’t Work
They Don’t Own Me
Bitter Sweet Symphony

You can find Richard Ashcroft on his Official Website, Facebook or Twitter.

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Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Live reviews editor and head of photography: I can't imagine my life without music or photography, both go hand in hand and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, the early punk movement, drifting into the electronic 'new Romantic' era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. I am the official photographer for 'Louder Than Words' music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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