Richard Ashcroft announces massive Wigan homecoming show next summer

First one in 25 years! (This article contains affiliate links)

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 28th November 2023

Manc music royalty Richard Ashcroft will return to his hometown of Wigan next summer for a massive gig.

The gig at Robin Park will mark the first time Ashcroft has performed in Wigan for more than 25 years.

The star is perhaps best-known for his time spent with The Verve, with whom he released Urban Hymns, the UK’s 18th-biggest-selling album of all time.

The Verve’s hits included The Drugs Don’t Work, Bittersweet Symphony, Lucky Man, and Sonnet.

He’s gone on to earn himself two Ivor Novello Awards, for Songwriter of the Year in 1998 and Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2019.


Richard Ashcroft‘s most recent album, Acoustic Hymns, was released in 2022 and reached number two in the UK Albums Chart.

He’ll be performing at Robin Park next July, a multi-million pound venue that will be the home of Wigan Warriors, built in association with Wigan Council.

Richard Ashcroft in the iconic Bittersweet Symphony music video - the singer just announced a Wigan gig next summer
Richard Ashcroft in the iconic Bittersweet Symphony music video. Credit: YouTube

Robin Park has been built next to the DW Stadium and is just a 20 minute walk from the town centre and Wigan North Western train station.

Richard Ashcroft said: “After 25 years, I’m back playing in my hometown. Looking forward to an amazing night in Wigan.”

The huge gig will take place on Saturday 20 July at Robin Park.


Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday 1 December via See Tickets.

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