Ash close NME/Radio One at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

Tim Wheeler and co. bring out hits for headline set

Ash played a headline set to a rammed NME/Radio 1 Stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival tonight (August 24).

Tim Wheeler and his band delighted a packed crowd with a series of greatest hits and a spattering of songs from their recent and, allegedly 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.


The atmosphere of collectiveness continued as the opening notes of ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ were recognised by the audience, prompting spontaneous cheers and screams throughout the tent.

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 band’s 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, leaving most of the crowd clapping and cheering.

Ash played:

‘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’

Now watch NME.COM‘s video interview with Ash below now.

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