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Richard Ashcroft’s BitterSymphony

FasterLouder has the setlist for a set that never happened, after Richard Ashcroft stormed off stage mid-song last night at Splendour in the Grass leaving his band and fans bewildered.

Apparently the Verve frontman unhappy about being placed in the same time slot as festival headliners Empire of the Sun and Pixies, which resulted in a lacklustre turnout for his set.

Ashcroft’s headlining set at the festival’s GW McLennan tent opened (and unfortunately ended) with Are You Ready, the lead single from his new United Nations Of Sound album

Midway through the song, Ashcroft threw his maracas and tambourine down and jumped off stage he as though he was going to have a go at one of the photographers, but then just turned around, stormed off and never returning to complete his set.

As his confused bandmates left the stage the crowd began chanting “wanker, wanker” and throwing bottles at stage. The setlist for the show reveals that he was planning to close the festival with the Verve classic Bittersweet Symphony.

According to a statement released by Splendour: “Richard Ashcroft’s voice gave out and his performance was cut short as a result.”

Earlier in the day Ashcroft had cancelled all press, including an interview with jjj and a photo shoot with FasterLouder, after arriving late to the Splendour site claiming he was sick.

Fans at his Melbourne sideshow were treated far better, with FasterLouder’s reviewer reporting that “As promised the night spans the entirety of Ashcroft’s musical incarnations delivering brilliant ballads like Song for the Lovers and the slow groove Music is Power with equal aplomb. It was always going to be The Verve songs, however, that received the best reception and Ashcroft didn’t disappoint, delivering a soul tearing rendition of Lucky Man before closing the first set with the much loved Bittersweet Symphony.”

Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations of Sound had already cancelled their gig in Perth scheduled for Wednesday 4th August.

According to a press release issued last week “extra commitments have arisen in Japan that require Richard’s early departure from Australia… Richard Ashcroft deeply regrets any disappointment for his Perth fans but these circumstances that have arisen could not be controlled.”

Check out the photos from Ashcroft’s Sydney sideshow

Check out the (shaky) footage of the incident:

Set list photo courtesy of Allison Jones and Dorothy Markek; live photo by TheEnglishGentleman

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Junior

Junior said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Maybe his drugs didn't work? :)

FeedbackPhoto

FeedbackPhoto said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Both hilarious and disappointing that more people would see Empire Of The Sun over the Verve guy. On the other hand, the album was mediocre and the bloke comes off as a bit of a tool.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

When you call your act Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations of Sound, you clearly have some kind of God complex.

I guess it's a little disappointing when you discover that not many people subscribe to your religion.

JeremySC

JeremySC said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

That all reads like a "How to become a faded rocker" handbook.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



I think he could be the next John Lydon. He should make some racist comments then start a fight backstage.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Oooh! Oooh! Does that mean I can say "Richard Ashcroft is the devil" now?

ross_ander

ross_ander said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

hilarious and tragic. couldn't agree more

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

He's shit and the Verve were shit. Can't believe anyone went to see him.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

So he flew all this way, trecked out to Woodford of all fucking places and he plays one song... What a massive wanker.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



Urban Hymns was pretty awesome when it came out in 1997.

You were probably too young though.

grattan

grattan said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Guess it must have felt wrong to look down at the set list and see that 'Lucky Man' was next, then look out and see 30 odd poms looking up you and realising that a man dressed as a dolphin has stolen your crowd. Tough luck.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Or the fact that even if he'd handed out instruments to everyone in the crowd, they still wouldn't have had the numbers to play a symphony.

Loomis

Loomis said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

"Midway through the song, Ashcroft threw his maracas and tambourine down". Best. Line. Ever.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

it was an amazing tantrum, he threw his mic so hard, When he jumped off the stage he like attacked the crowd. guess he wasnt ready :p then we started throwing shit at the stage and the organizer was like don't blame us and someone hit him with a water bottle and he was like oh nice shot mate then everyone started chanting you are a wanker and it was really funnys the end. by gregg.

grattan

grattan said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Story updated:
According to a statement released by Splendour: “Richard Ashcroft’s voice gave out and his performance was cut short as a result.”

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

also I find it extremely ironic that on the plane I was reading a piece about him in Q in which he said, and this is verbatim " I am the most underrated front man of all time, I'll go down as one of the greats... I inspire people"

TheEnglishGentleman

TheEnglishGentleman said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

ashcroft was absolutely amazing in sydney. it was hard to get him off stage. im pretty sure he loved performing that night to a very responsive crowd. i remember him looking at his watch and he said "time for 2 more me thinks". squeezing songs in the best he could. shame about splender show the next day! diva!

JaneMelanie

JaneMelanie said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

hoorah - another excuse to hate empire of the sun even more.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



Maybe he should start a band with Billy Corgan.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



Stellar posting.



Just out of interest, why in God's name were you not watching the Pixies?



Umm, this is an article about Richard Ashcroft.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



from smashing tambourines to smashing pumpkins, why not.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Stellar posting.



Just out of interest, why in God's name were you not watching the Pixies?

.

not really a fan tbh I only like a handful of songs, not that they're bad, just not my cup of tea, but I saw them anyway as it wasn't a total clash, they were okay but that's my bias opinion.

joshua_4341

joshua_4341 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

haha i have most of it on video!! he was such a dick!! props to the legend who threw the witches hat and knocked the drum kit!!

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



Oh my sweet lord, please please please upload it as soon as possible. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would love you forever if they got to see the footage of the tanty.

tauiwi

tauiwi said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

ETERNAL LOVE haha for the uploader

kyza

kyza said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

I had no idea of who the fuck he was until I was on my way home and was told he's the guy from The Verve lmao I still would have shot Empire of The Sun.

Phen

Phen said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Shame - wouldve been a lot better than watching Pixies with the other sheep.....

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



Huh?

Sheep?

Pixies are hardly a fad band.

kelh

kelh said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

i was so confused when this all happened as i couldn't really see anything, but i didn't think the crowd was that small... definitely not worthy of the tantrum he through, and it really didn't sound like there was anything wrong with his voice haha.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 2nd Aug, 2010



The only sheep at Pixies were the ones who fell asleep during Mumford and Sons and awoke to found someone good playing.

I think you meant Empire of the Sun.

Joe Smiggens

Joe Smiggens said on the 2nd Aug, 2010

Huh?

Sheep?

Pixies are hardly a fad band.

there are a lot of sheep who think they like the Pixies though. they've heard Here Comes Your Man once or twice.

..and, personally I'm a little sick of the band that would never tour, touring every year. AND, with no new songs.

there, I said it. i'm sick of Fatty Fatty Black.

having said it, i know what you mean - and it's not a tough decision when you've got EOTS and Ashcroft to choose from.

grattan

grattan said on the 3rd Aug, 2010



Some shaky footage of the incident added to the news story.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 3rd Aug, 2010

seriously what fuckin idiot stopped the camera as it happened, they could of sold that clip for moneys.

chico21

chico21 said on the 3rd Aug, 2010



you should write articles old fella. this is beautiful

chico21

chico21 said on the 3rd Aug, 2010

there is real talent in there

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Aug, 2010



Here's your prize oldgregg

http://www.qualityexplosion.com/images/broken_tambourine.jpg

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 3rd Aug, 2010

i actually would genuinely love to put my writing and editing qualifications to use, but then id have to study about gig writing, i dont like studying.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 3rd Aug, 2010

Here's your prize oldgregg

http://www.qualityexplosion.com/images/broken_tambourine.jpg

im a lucky man, with a broken tambourine in my hands.