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Review: Ash roll out big guns in return to home ground

Limelight 1, Belfast

By Chris Jones

Ash are in the throes of what seemed until very recently to be a most unlikely renaissance. After 2007's Twilight Of The Innocents, the Downpatrick trio declared that the album was dead, and then set about the herculean task of releasing 26 singles in a single year, to widespread apathy from all but their most devoted fans.

It looked like Ash's days might be numbered, but after some nostalgic shows to celebrate debut album 1977, the spark was reignited, and new album Kablammo! is the result.

And judging from the 30 and 40-somethings thronging the Limelight 1 last night, Tim Wheeler and co's home crowd were delighted to have them back.

The faithful were rewarded with a set that trod that difficult line between playing the hits and pleasing the hardcore.

When they rolled out the big guns it was just like old times. It was good to see them on flying form.

Four stars

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