Richard Ashcroft joins Dubai’s Party in the Park

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Richard Ashcroft – talented troubadour

Ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft joins Lily Allen on the main stage at Dubai’s first-ever ‘Party in the Park’ next month

Britpop icon and singer-songwriter Ashcroft, 43, rocketed to fame in the ‘90s as lead singer of The Verve, whose soaring violin-led track Bitter Sweet Symphony became a massive global hit in 1997 – and now he’s one of the headline act at the new What’s On magazine’s Party in the Park in Dubai Media City on November 14, 2014.

Ashcroft also joins the critically acclaimed ‘Freshlyground’ on the line-up at Party in the Park at the Media City Amphitheatre.

The Verve split in 1999 and the Ivor Novello award winner released his first solo album, Alone with Everybody, which reached the number one spot and went platinum in the UK. Having penned epic rock anthems such as Bitter Sweet Symphony, History, The Drugs Don’t Work, Lucky Man and A Song For The Lovers, Ashcroft’s song writing credentials are bulletproof. As a frontman, he is renowned for his deeply emotional performances.

His talent has won him the respect of his peers as well as legions of devoted fans. Noel Gallagher famously wrote the track Cast No Shadow about the singer, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has described him as “the best singer in the world”.

Set to become a Dubai social calendar staple, the day-long festival kicks off at 2pm and runs until midnight, with multiple stages.

The festival will also be the first of its kind to feature a ‘brunch deck’, hosted by McGettigan’s, with a prime viewing position of the main stage.

Guests can also expect food & drink outlets, dance troupes, street performers and a pop-up village featuring local artisans.

As well as the What’s On main stage there will also be the Hype Clubhouse sponsored by Adidas, showcasing international guest DJs. Ten of the best underground clubs and DJs in the UAE such as Blue Marlin, Pacha and Superheroes will also join forces for a one of a kind event.

The festival is being held to celebrate the 35th anniversary of What’s On published by Motivate. Sister titles Hype, Hello! And Good are also involved with dedicated areas at the event.

The full line-up is to be confirmed soon on the What’s On website and also the dedicated festival site where you can find further information. Tickets are available from and and start with an early bird price of AED295 ranging up to AED1000 for VIP tickets. Brunch Deck tickets are priced at AED650.

Author: Will

I write stuff about things and things about stuff. I live in Dubai, and I like it.

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