Richard Ashcroft has pulled out of Tramlines Festival.
The one-time Verve frontman was due to headline the Sheffield event, which will draw thousands to the city's Hillsborough Park.
Set to run later this month – July 23rd – 25th, in fact – Tramlines was recently turned into a government test event, a move that enables the festival to welcome a capacity crowd.
Now part of the Events Research Programme (ERP), it will require a negative test to gain entry.
As a result, Richard Ashcroft has pulled out. In a message on Instagram, the songwriter comments:
"Apologies to my fans for any disappointment but the festival was informed over 10 days ago that I wouldn’t be playing once it had become part of a government testing programme. I had informed my agent months ago I wouldn’t be playing concerts with restrictions, the status of the festival was one thing when I signed up for it, but, sadly was forced to become something else."
The move has been greeted with scorn in many places – although acoustic guitar botherer Laurence Fox is pleased by the announcement.
Tramlines is set to go ahead as planned. Find Richard Ashcroft's announcement below.