Verve singer denies dummy spit

Fans say Ashcroft stormed off stage after just one song.
The Verve's manager said vocal problems were to blame for the the shortened set at the Splendour festival.
The Verve's manager said vocal problems were to blame for the the shortened set at the Splendour festival.

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Australia’s annual Splendour in the Grass music festival always lays on some pretty big names. This year was no exception, with the Scissor Sisters, Florence and the Machine, the Strokes and The Verve.

But it seems that such a line-up –who performed across multiple stages - resulted in competition for an audience. Reports have spread like wildfire over the past few days that Richard Ashcroft – front-man for The Verve – had spit the dummy, storming off stage just one song into his set because he was upset by a smaller than expected crowd.

His manager Jazz Summers, through, has denied that a tantrum was behind the walk-off, citing vocal problems instead as being to blame for his shortened set.

"After three gigs in two days, including a two-hour show in Sydney on Saturday night, we knew Richard would have to look after his voice for the Splendour In The Grass set so we cancelled all promotional activity for Sunday," Summers said.

"It wasn't until he got on stage on Sunday night at Splendour that he realised his voice wouldn't make it through the set.

"I was watching the show from the sound desk and was surprised when he appeared to be missing the high notes on his opening track Are You Ready.

"I could sense his total frustration at the situation.

"Immediately following the show, Richard sought advice from a doctor and was ordered not to speak or sing for 72 hours."

But fan’s stand by their claims that Ashcroft lost his temper, kicking a microphone stand and throwing a tambourine at his drum kit.

“It was totally unprofessional,” one punter said.

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