Richard Ashcroft: New Album to Be "Song Orientated"

Ahead of his performance at Hop Farm later this month the singer has been updating XFM on his solo stuff...

Richard Ashcroft

The former Verve frontman admitted to us that he's hoping to release a new solo album before the end of the year.

"I'm hoping it to be quite a quick process," he explained. "Hoping to go in with all the songs written, everything mapped out and go for performances and make it quite a stripped down, song orientated record really."

Richard Ashcroft plays Hop Farm Festival in Kent at the end of this month and told us he's looking forward to his first time there.

"I've never been to Hop Farm but it just seems a lot of the bull has been cut out of it," he told admitted.

"I've just been sorting out a small band for it. I'm gonna get Pete - who's been in the Verve with me from the start - I'm getting a great guy over from America playing guitar. I'm just getting it together a little idea of what I'm doing."

He's playing the Sunday night of the non-corporate festival in Kent  - ahead of headliners Suede.