Ash Finally Brought ‘Teenage Wildlife’ To Manchester!

A long awaited fantastic night of live music in an iconic Manchester venue. What more could you ask for?!

Kicking proceedings off were multi-ethnic band, The Gulps, who have members hailing from Spain, Italy, France and Lebanon. A band who are still floating under the radar of most, but deserve to be recognised. The frontman has all the swagger and style of the love child of Mick Jagger and Joe Talbot. I really can’t see it being too long before there’s a lot more people with his band on their radar. You know they’re good when the headline band are stood in the crowd watching on, and I could easily have watched them do a much longer set. It’s not often you want to watch a band when you don’t really know any of the songs, and The Gulps are one of the few exceptions to that rule.

Their lively but short set was followed by a great set from Indoor Pets. I hadn’t checked this band out before hearing they were supporting, but I’m more than glad I got down for these too. If you haven’t come across these yet, think Talking Heads with the energy of The Ramones and you’re somewhere near to the style of music and personas they have on stage. It’s super rare that both support bands from a night will blow me away, but it’s safe to say that both of these bands put on exceptionally good performances and the crowd loved them both.

Now for the moment everyone had been waiting for, Ash came on stage. Now I say waiting, not only because they’d stood through two support slots, but because this was a gig that was supposed to happen in 2020, but was postponed twice for the lockdowns, so it was always going to be a bit of a special night for those who had bought their tickets and kept hold of them. Opening with their track ‘Goldfinger’, there was a high amount of energy in the room straight from the off, and it’s good to see that Ash still have the energy and will to jump about on stage in the way that they have been doing for years. However, the band weren’t the only thing jumping, as I could feel the crowd bouncing away behind me as I was in the pit.

Now, this too was in support of their most recent release, ‘Teenage Wildlife’ which is a career spanning best of, so that’s exactly what they filled the set with. Tracks which were fan favourites from their 25 years of making music, and each and every track went down beautifully. It’s great when a band can perform whatever song they want, and the crowd will soak it up, and Ash are one of the few bands where the energy from the crowd remains at a constant high throughout the set. The high energy built to a crescendo towards the end of their set, when they blew the roof of the O2 Ritz with ‘Girl From Mars’, perhaps their most famous track.

As I’ve said, the set list was comprised of career spanning tracks, and you can check it out for yourself below;

  1. Goldfinger
  2. Wildsurf
  3. Oh Yeah
  4. A Life Less Ordinary
  5. Walking Barefoot
  6. Shining Light
  7. Let’s Ride
  8. Orpheus
  9. Arcadia
  10. Sometimes
  11. Darkest Hour of the Night
  12. Confessions in the Pool
  13. Buzzkill
  14. Kung Fu
  15. Cocoon
  16. Angel Interceptor
  17. Jack Names the Planets
    ENCORE
  18. Another Girl, Another Planet
    (The Only Ones cover)
  19. Girl From Mars
  20. Burn Baby Burn