Victorious Festival headliner Richard Ashcroft will no longer be playing at the three day event.

The Verve frontman was due to appear on stage in Southsea on Saturday, August 28.

In a statement, organisers said: "Following extensive discussions about the measures we have put in place to reduce risk for visitors, artists and workers at this year's festival, Richard Ashcroft will no longer perform.

"We will announce a replacement shortly." 

The Bittersweet Symphony and Drugs Don't Work singer was due to headline one of the two main stages in Portsmouth, on the second night of Victorious Festival.

Among the Covid-19 requirements for entry to Victorious are proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test, proof of full vaccination (with the second at least 14 days prior to the festival), or proof of natural immunity (based upon a PCR test within 180 days of the festival).

Last month Richard Ashcroft pulled out of Sheffield's Tramlines festival and released a statement on Instagram to say: "I had informed my agent months ago I wouldn’t be playing concerts with restrictions.

"The status of [Tramlines] festival was one thing when I signed up for it, but, sadly was forced to become something else."

Still appearing at Victorious Festival, which starts on Friday August 27, are Madness, Rag'n'Bone Man, Nile Rodgers and Chic and many more.