The folks of Derry also get a blast of excitement when The Streets cover a local classic...

ASH closed off RADIO 1’s ONE BIG WEEKEND festival with a storming set in front of 10,000 fans in DERRY last night (April 25).

The four-piece, back on home soil, topped a bill that also included Streets, Keane, Streets, [/a] and Kelis.

Faithless headlined the dance day on Saturday (April 24) and were supported by big name DJs including Pete Tong and Fergie.

During what was essentially the first festival of the summer season, Ash worked through material from forthcoming album ‘Meltdown’, including the title track and new single ‘Orpheus’, as well as throwing in some of their greatest hits like ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Burn Baby Burn’.

At the end of their set, they were joined onstage for a raucous cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ by Radio 1’s Northern Irish DJ Colin Murray.

[a]Streets almost missed their biggest ever gig when their guitars were left in an airport in Paris. But Ash came to the rescue and lent them some instruments. The rising Scottish stars show was one of the highlights of the day.

Keane got the Derry audience onside during their set by playing the local card. Though new single ‘Fit But You Know It’ stood up to the festival test and had 10,000 voices singing along, Mike Skinner got the biggest cheer of the day when he launched into a cover of ‘Teenage Kicks’, written by Derry’s own Undertones.

Avril Lavigne debuted a number of new tracks from her forthcoming second album, while Kelis frightened the natives with a few suggestive remarks about sex outdoors.

Such was the debt that Derry felt to Radio 1 for bringing the event to their city, that in a ceremony on Sunday morning, Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt was given the freedom of the city by the Lord Mayor.