Ash Turn Up The Volume

Downpatrick's most famous sons to play all-ages benefit gig

On the eve of their Oxegen 2010 festival appearance, Ash are to play a special fundraising event. The chart-topping trio will play an intimate gig to 300 people at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, with the aim of raising funds for future all ages gigs in the venue.

Volume Control is a monthly music event, organised and driven by young people. Aimed at the 14-18 year old group, Volume Control allows young performers and audience members to enjoy live, original music.

Along the way, the VC team will learn about promotions, marketing, media relations, poster design, stage production, event management and project financing. Based in the Oh Yeah music centre, this project equips a new generation with the skill sets to make their own mark on arts, business and music culture.

VC member Don Greene says, 'It’s surreal that we can attract an act so huge and successful as Ash, it’s going to be an incredible experience!'

Charlotte Dryden, Creative Development Coordinator at Oh Yeah, is equally excited about the event:

'We are absolutely delighted to have Ash play the centre and we are extremely proud of the Volume Control team and all the work they have put in and the money raised will help us to continue all ages work.'

Ash officially formed in 1992, since then the band has sold 8 million albums worldwide. In 1996 they released the single 'Oh Yeah' which saw considerable success and helped provide the name for the Oh Yeah centre.

Last year saw the band announce the ‘A-Z Series’: 26 singles in one year, a single for each letter of the alphabet, one release every fortnight. Q magazine even went as far as to name Ash as one of the '50 Bands to See before You Die'.

Support on the night comes from two bands that have graced the stage at Oh Yeah before, More Than Conquerors and Key Of Atlas, chosen by the Volume Control team as they continue to impact on the local music scene.

Ash play the Oh Yeah cente 15-21 Gordon St, Belfast, on July 9 at 7pm. Tickets are priced £10 and go on sale Monday June 28 at 9am from

Eddie Mullan