Ash Rock Reading Festival

Ash played a headline set to a rammed NME/Radio 1 Stage at the Reading Festival on Friday night (August 24). Ash delighted a packed crowd with a series of greatest hits and a spattering of songs from their recent and last, album, Twilight of the Innocents.

Taking the stage at 22:30 GMT, the band induced a mass singalong to “Burn Baby Burn”, during which the band cut out their instruments half-way through, allowing the crowd to sing the chorus back to them in unison.

After leading his band through a frenetic “Kung Fu”, Wheeler asked the crowd, “So, you’re not too bothered about seeing Razorlight, then?”, referring to the headline act on the other side of the festival site playing at the same time as Ash. Most of the crowd booed as Johnny Borrell’s band were mentioned.

A rapturously-received Twilight of the Innocents marked the end of the bands scheduled set, but after a brief interval they returned to the stage to play their first ever single, “Jack Names the Planets” to close their headline set.

The set list ran as follows:

Lose Control
Burn Baby Burn
You Can’t Have It All
A Life Less Ordinary
Renegade Cavalcade
End of the World
Kung Fu
Oh Yeah
Girl from Mars
Twilight of the Innocents
Jack Names the Planets

You can view Ash’s interview with NME at the Reading Festival below:

Also BBC’s special Reading and Leeds page has a page devoted to Ash including an studio acoustic version of “End of the World” and a backstage interview with Tim Wheeler.