SLAVES have pulled out of Neighbourhood Weekender due to family circumstances.

The punk rock duo were due to headline the second stage on Sunday and will now be replaced by Circa Waves.

Warrington Guardian:

Circa Waves

Singer and guitarist Laurie Vincent is awaiting the arrival of his second child and said he does not want to leave his family so close to the birth.

In a statement he said: "Warrington, sadly we will no longer be appearing at Neighbourhood Weekender on Sunday. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, hence the late hour of this announcement.

"It was my hope that I could work out a way to make the show go ahead, however that has just not been possible. I am awaiting the arrival of my second child any day now and after considering all options I just don't feel comfortable leaving my family this close to the birth.

"I hope you understand family comes first. There's only one shot at this. Hopefully there will be plenty more rock shows in Warrington in future though."

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Meanwhile, in another twist ahead of Neighbourhood Weekender, main stage headliner Richard Ashcroft has regained the rights to his signature song Bitter Sweet Symphony after more than two decades.

Released in 1997 on Urban Hymns, the track sampled The Rolling Stones’s song, The Last Time, using a composition by Andrew Oldham, and became the centre of lawsuits which saw Ashcroft stripped of rights and royalties.

Warrington Guardian:

More than 20 years on – and coinciding with the performer winning the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have given these rights back.

Richard Ashcroft said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce as of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give me their share of the song Bitter Sweet Symphony.

"This remarkable and life affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me.

"I would like to thank the main players in this, my management Steve Kutner and John Kennedy, the Stones manager Joyce Smyth and Jody Klein (for actually taking the call) lastly a huge unreserved heartfelt thanks and respect to Mick and Keith. Music is power."