Richard Ashcroft has announced two massive UK
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Richard Ashcroft has announced two massive UK shows for this winter - including an appearance at the O2 Arena. Tickets are available at 9am on Friday HERE.

The former Verve frontman recently released his first solo album in six years 'These People' on May 20.

Now Ashcroft has announced two UK shows for December - one at Liverpool Echo Arena on 7 December, and a second at The O2 Arena on 9 December.

During the interview on BBC breakfast, Ashcroft said: "I think it's difficult to be a writer at this day and age and completely ignore what's going on around the world" and added "As a writer I cannot ignore the wider world and as a father you become less nihilistic. You look into the future more. And a lot of music out there, a lot of lyrics doesn't seem to relate to me."

Finally, Ashcroft talked about his beloved Man United and said: "Jose is a very successful manager but I always think that Man United as a club and as a spirit, Man United is bigger than anyone. Nobody's personality is bigger than this club. As long as Jose is aware of that, I think it's gonna be a successful relationship."