- 09 Jul 03
2fm’s Dave Fanning shares his thoughts on the ghost of Witnness past. And – inevitably – some other stuff! Trying to keep up Paul Nolan
Reflections on Witnness 2002…
In terms of highlights, I remember watching Haçienda That and being really impressed. They were givin’ it full-on Madchester, and even though the underfoot conditions in the tent weren’t the best, by the end there were loads more people there than when they’d come on. It was just one of those really nice gigs where the momentum gradually builds and by the end everybody’s totally into it. I also thought Basement Jaxx were great, and I really liked The Dandy Warhols.
“But you know, the sheer level of discrepancy in what people adjudge to have been the highlights never ceases to amaze me. I mean, lots of people were of the opinion that the Polyphonic Spree stole the show last year, and I think that’s nonsense! And I’ll tell you why – there was hardly anyone at the bloody gig! They were on at midday – which I can vividly recall, because the only reason I saw them was due to the fact that I had to be up early to do interviews – and I remember walking down past the campsite and noticing that things were very quiet.