Mill at The Pier, Wigan. 5th April 2003
Encore 1: Scars, Quarantine.
Encore 2: Still, Here's One For You
Witness back on home ground: Wigan Reporter, April 10th 2003.
On Saturday night, the Mill at the Pier witnessed perhaps the most anticipated musical event in Wigan since that sunny day in May 1998 when The Verve came home to play their Haigh Hall swansong.
On a more modest scale, but no less impressive, Witness played a very special and intimate gig for their home fans.
The band appeared anxious and a little frustrated in the storm before the calm as they battled with early sound problems early on in the set, but each song built on the last as they strummed through a repertoire of old favourites and some impressive new material.
The crowd warmed and sang back with as much gusto as Gerard and the lads put in a sweat drenched performance.
The night reached a crescendo with two encores and cries for more.
Their thrid album is due for release later in the year, and if their last two eforts are anything to go by, should hopefully carry the torch for British indie music in the explosion of Strokes wannabes.
But the fame hasn't gone to their heads. The band spent the rest of the night in the Tudor Inn talking and drinking with fans.
Earlier Amber Wood, who aptly describe their sound as pastoral folkadelica delivered a haunting support slot and can definitely be tipped for bigger things.
The Atomic Hound Dog set the tone for the evening with a cheery performance warming up the Wigan faithful.
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