Friday 30 September 2016

Ash at Olympia Theatre review: Northern Irish rockers offer a crowd-pleasing set focused on hits

John Brennan

Published 16/12/2015 | 10:24

Tim Wheeler of Ash performs on stage on Day 2 of Y Not Festival on August 3, 2013 in Matlock, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images)
Tim Wheeler of Ash performs on stage on Day 2 of Y Not Festival on August 3, 2013 in Matlock, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images)

Veteran Northern Irish rockers Ash returned to Dublin last night with fans both old and new packing out the Olympia theatre to catch their set.

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Lead singer, Tim Wheeler told the crowd “it’s great to be back in the Olympia,” as they kicked off the show at a fervent pace that never truly eased up.

Ash have been belting out punk pop classics for over 20 years and showed no signs of slowing down.

The band gained notoriety in the mid 90’s and early 00’s with a slew of radio-friendly rock anthems like Girl from Mars, Shining Light and Burn Baby Burn, all of which they played to an electric crowd gathered in the intimate Dublin venue.

Their smash hit Girl from Mars was famously the call waiting music for NASA during the height of the band's popularity.

The set was weighted in favour of their two number one albums - 1977 and Free All Angels but fans were treated to a nostalgia fuelled hour and a half as they played over 20 songs from their extensive back catalogue.

An electric energy seemed to pulse through the crowd as the band belted out classic after classic and showed no signs of relenting.

They feigned finishing up after playing Shining Light and Girl from Mars, but returned for another five songs to send the crowd home satisfied.

Some of the highlights of the gig include Kung Fu, Angel Interceptor, Goldfinger and Oh Yeah.

The band recently released their seventh studio album – their first in eight years and are embarking on a five night tour of Ireland playing Galway, Limerick, Cork and Belfast over the next few days before taking to Australia and Japan in the New Year.

For more information on their upcoming dates visit www.ash-official.com or www.ticketmaster.ie

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