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Reformed Verve to make Belfast debut

Comeback kid: Richard Ashcroft
Comeback kid: Richard Ashcroft

The Verve - who got together this summer for the first time in almost a decade - are set to make their Belfast debut in December, it has been revealed.

The Wigan alt rock band - one of the most influential of the 1990s - will mark their reunion with a winter tour, playing the Odyssey Arena on Monday, December 17.

It will be the first time the full Verve line-up have made it to Northern Ireland, although lead singer Richard Ashcoft played the Waterfront Hall during his solo career.

The band formed in 1989 but it wasn't until 1997 that they enjoyed real commercial success with their third album, Urban Hymns.

It was a massive hit in the UK and in America and produced singles such as Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Drugs Don't Work - which went to number one - Sonnet and Lucky Man.

In April, 1999, The Verve split up, with Ashcroft carving out a successful solo career.

Then in June this year, the band announced they were reforming. They are in the studio working on a new album, which is due for release to coincide with the Return Tour.

Tickets for the Belfast show go on sale this Friday at 10am, priced £33 standing and £35.50 seated.

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