Ash’s summer touring schedule is beginning to fill up. So far the following summer festivals have been confirmed:
19/07/13: Truck Festival, Hill Farm, Oxford
20/07/13: Super Bock Super Rock, Meco, Portugal
27/07/13: Kendal Calling, The Lake District
02/08/13: Camp Bestival, Dorset
03/08/13: Y Not Festival, Pikehall, Derbyshire
Ash have announced they are heading back to Austin, TX next month to mark their return to SXSW after a seven year absence coupled with several US headlining dates around the annual music festival. The full dates are as follows:
12/03/2013: Cambridge Room @ House Of Blues, Dallas TX
13/03/2013: Buffalo Billards / KROX show, Austin TX
15/03/2013: Irish Full Breakfast showcase, Austin TX
17/03/2013: Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
18/03/2013: Varsity Theater, Minneapolis MN
20/03/2013: Magic Stick Lounge, Majestic Cafe, Detroit MI
21/03/2013: Southgate House, Newport KY
22/03/2013: Radio Radio, Indianapolis IN
23/03/2013: Altar Bar, Pittsburgh PA
To coincide with the bands 20th anniversary celebrations Ash have released an EP of cover versions entitled ‘Little Infinity’. The EP is available to download from the band’s website and all digital download providers around the world today, the actual 20th anniversary. The EP will also be available as a 12″ heavyweight vinyl limited to 500 numbered copies as a collaboration between the band’s Atomic Heart Records and Canadian boutique vinyl label Noyes Records. The track listing for ‘Little Infinity’ is as follows;
1. Do You Wanna Dance
2. Coming Around Again
3. Lay All Your Love On Me
1. Hello Goodbye
2. Pledging My Love
3. What Ever Happened?
4. Teenage Wildlife
Ash’s top 10 chart hit ‘Shining Light’ was the most voted for song at BBC Radio Ulster’s Great Northern Songbook – 150 Years Of The Ulster Hall event.
Last night’s concert at the Ulster Hall saw 10 Northern Ireland artists join the Ulster Orchestra to perform a local composition as voted for by the public, as well as their own choice of song.
The Great Northern Songbook was devised to both celebrate Northern Ireland music and the Ulster Hall in Belfast. The 10 most voted for tracks from a shortlist of 32 songs were performed at the concert.
Tim Wheeler of Ash said he was “dumbfounded and very surprised” at Shining Light topping the poll.
“Just looking at the shortlist, there are so many incredible songs, Shining Light is 10 years old now so it’s great to know it’s still in people’s minds. And it’s the 20th anniversary of Ash this year, so that makes it all the more special.”
Thanks to anyone who voted, it meant I got to hear it blasted by The Answer and the Ulster Orchestra at the Ulster Hall (last night). Great honour!
Ash have announced their first live shows and festival appearances of 2012 including a support slot with Coldplay at Arsenal’s emirates Stadium. See below for a full list of dates:
May 26 – BBC 5 Live Fighting Talk’s Big Day, Stoke-On-Trent, UK May 31 – The Kings Hall, Herne Bay, UK Jun 01 – Emirates Stadium, London, UK Jun 02 – Play Fest, Norfolk, UK Jun 03 – The Box (Volume Festival), Crewe, UK Jun 05 – Phoenix, Exeter, UK Jun 06 – Guildhall, Gloucester, UK Jun 07 – The Venue, Derby, UK Jun 09 – Helium Festival, Longford, Ireland Jun 10 – RockNess Festival, Inverness, UK Jun 24 – Isle of Wight Festival, Newport, UK