Putting on a good performance

James Walsh of Starsailor
James Walsh of Starsailor

FORMER The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is to headline The Latitude Festival next weekend.

The ex-Up Holland resident will perform at an opening party on the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage on July 18, before the main festival begins the following day.

He is expected to perform songs from his new album as well as hits from his back catalogue.

Also performing at the opening party is Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, who will sing tracks from his debut solo album Here Come The Bombs.

Latitude 2013 is headlined by Bloc Party, Foals and Kraftwerk. Also featured on the line-up are Alt-J, Jessie Ware, Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bobby Womack and Rudimental.

The Suffolk festival, which also includes comedy, theatre, poetry and literature stages, is now in its eighth year.

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Starsailor singer James Walsh will headline the acoustic stage at the three-day Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival at the West Mid Showground from September 13 to 15.

He will join confirmed acts including indie rockers Maximo Park, , Athlete, Sister Bliss from dance act Faithless and K Klass.

Festival director Dene Edwards, said: “We have nearly finished making announcements but are thrilled to have secured Roni Size and James Walsh.”

To book tickets for the festival, or for more information, visit www.shrewsburyfieldsforever.com.

James, a former Wigan and Leigh College student, has also spoken about his new album.

He said: “There are a few different themes on the upcoming album. A lot of it is about my personal life and the ups and downs of marriage and career as I tend to write a lot from my own experience.

“There’s a couple of songs outside that though. Like Fading Grace which I wrote after reading the Murakami book Dance, Dance, Dance. One recurring theme is maintaining hope that you are doing the right thing in your life. A bit of realism is important but if you start doubting yourself and the path you’re on too much it can all unravel and make things worse.”

He also spoke about his favourite moment as a musician - probably supporting U2 at the Stade De France with Starsailor.

He said: “Four To The Floor had just gone to number one in France so the crowd went wild when we played it. Everything fell into place.”