Heavy with hits & with an epic conclusion

Braking news! Ash now have an epic festival set closer to rival the very best...but more on that to come.

The band played their first UK festival after returning to life as a three piece as they took to the Isle of Wight stage on Saturday night. For those seeing them for the first time since Charlotte Hatherley's departure, her absence may have been noted by the lack of a female band member on stage, however in terms of energy this was exactly what people have come to know and love about Ash, regardless of the numbers in the band.

They opened with 'Burn Baby Burn', and played a largely hits based show in the early evening sunshine. 'Angel Interceptor', 'Orpheus', 'You Can't Have It All' and 'Goldfinger' followed in quick succession with the massive crowd loving every minute.

Their new album is less than a month away and the Isle of Wight crowd were treated to a couple of tracks from it during the middle of the set, with LP opener 'I Started A Fire' and next single 'Polaris' among them.

It wasn't long before the hits returned, 'Kung Fu', 'Life Less Ordinary', 'Oh Yeah' and 'Girl From Mars' ensured the pace never dropped, until the afore mentioned epic closing moment. New album title track 'Twilight of the Innocence' is a ballad that builds to meteoric proportions and if Saturday night's reaction is anything to go by, will be a firm favourite for many years to come.

Ash are set to headline the Radio 1 Stage at this year's Carling Weekend and on this showing it will be one of the Reading and Leeds highlights. It certainly was for many on the Isle of Wight.