Richard Ashcroft announced as support for Rolling Stones gig in Manchester

Richard Ashcroft at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl

Richard Ashcroft has been announced as support for the Rolling Stones’ summer gig in Manchester.

The former Verve frontman will perform at Old Trafford Football Ground on June 5 ahead of the Stones taking the stage.

Liam Gallagher will support Jagger and Co in London on May 22, whilst The Vaccines, The Specials, Florence and the Machine, Elbow and James Bay join the band at other dates around the country.

Ashcroft is the only support act to play twice on the No Filter tour, joining the Stones in both Manchester and Edinburgh.

Liam Gallagher said:  "It's a dream come true to be asked to open for the mighty Rolling Stones - the best Rock n Roll band EVER."

The Rolling Stones tour dates:

22 May – LONDON – Liam Gallagher
25 May – LONDON – Florence + the Machine
29 May – SOUTHAMPTON –  The Vaccines
02 Jun – COVENTRY – The Specials
05 Jun – MANCHESTER – Richard Ashcroft
09 Jun – EDINBURGH – Richard Ashcroft
15 Jun – CARDIFF – Elbow
19 Jun – TWICKENHAM – James Bay