Ash follow festival slots with headline tour including a North-East show

Irish rockers Ash have announced a date at the Riverside in Newcastle on December 5 as part of a UK tour.
Irish rockers Ash have announced a date at the Riverside in Newcastle on December 5 as part of a UK tour.

Irish pop-punks Ash have announced a full UK tour for this winter, on the back of a string of festival appearances.

The three-piece recently released Kablammo!, their first studio album in eight years, to much critical acclaim - read our review HERE.

They are in the North East this weekend, headlining Chase Park Festival at Whickham, Gateshead, on Saturday.

They will be appearing at the slightly larger Leeds and Reading Festival over the weekend of August 28 to 30 - the ninth time they have played it.

And they will be appearing at the Riverside in Newcastle on Saturday, December 5, as part of a 11-date tour of the UK and Ireland which has just been announced.

Somewhere in the midst of all those shows, the band who brought us Girl From Mars and Burn Baby Burn will be releasing their latest single, Machinery, due out on October 9 on Earmusic.

It’s described by frontman Tim Wheeler as “probably the most indie-pop tune on the record”.

He added: “It’s essentially a song about someone in modern times trying to find a real connection.”

Bassist Mark Hamilton added: “It was one of the final ones we worked on. It’s just a beautiful melody.”

Kablammo! saw Ash back with a vengeance, after vowing that their previous studio album Twilight Of The Innocents would be their last.

The ensuing years saw them embark on the ambitious A-Z Singles series and its accompanying A-Z tour, which took them from Aldershot to Zennor.

Putting the album format to one side allowed the band to explore a different dynamic to their sound across 26 tracks released over a year.

On Kablammo! they set out to capture the live essence of Ash, the closest sonic predecessor being 2004’s Meltdown.

“We stripped away the electronic overtones of the A-Z Series and made a streamlined blazing guitar record,” said Wheeler.

Tickets for the Riverside date go on sale from Friday HERE.