Glastonbury Festival - The Other Stage (26/6/99)


...Witness, often poor in the past, have suddenly sussed that they can be both The Verve and REM at once, and that's an excellent development.


Other than REM, the first spine-tingling moments of Glastonbury 1999 came courtesy of Wigan's Witness,
who had the unenviable task of opening Saturday's proceedings on the second stage at 11am. Lead singer Gerard Starkie looked a little shell-shocked even to be up at that time, never mind performing in front of the biggest crowd of his life. But the bleary-eyed. blue-shifted Starkie and his band were in terrific fettle and scorched through the magnificent 'Scars' (a kind of folk-metal Radiohead) and the funky current single 'Audition'. However, it was 'Quarantine' that really saw them take flight. Edged lazily along by Starkie's cracked bruise of a voice, the song's momentum built before the cascading guitars and monumental chorus had even the most hungover audience whooping hoarsely.


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