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11-05-01 news
No REM in Witnness Lineup...

Despite months of gossip, REM will not top the bill at this years Witnness festival... the band recorded most of their latest album in Dublin earlier last year.

Ireland's only 2 day, multi-stage festival is back but the bands record company have confirmed that the band are bringing out a new album but they will not be having a world tour with it - therefore quashing any chances there are of them playing Witnness.

Last year Micheal Stipe from REM partied at the festival but it now looks like he will not perform this year.

Stipe backstage at Witnness last year

This years Witnness festival will take place on August 4th & 5th 2001 in Fairyhouse. At a launch in Dublin on Wednesday night it was announced that the following artists have already confirmed for this years event they include...

  • Stereophonics
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals
  • Paul Weller
  • Placebo
  • Tindersticks
  • The Frames
  • The Avalanches
  • Starsailor
  • James
  • Alabama 3
  • Snow Patrol
  • SLAM (DJ set)
  • Death in Vegas'
  • Richard Fearless (DJ set)
  • Pelt
  • Wood
  • Thekeds

During the festival five stages will transform Fairyhouse with Witnness Main, Witnness More, Witnness Dance, Witnness Rising and a fifth special stage (details tba). All stages represent the best in their fields but Witnness offers more than the biggest stars - it offers a platform to develop new artists, VIP treatment for the fans as well as media and industry but perhaps most importantly, the only true music event which truly offers a weekend escape with your mates.

Last year a few fledgling artists who performed at the first ever Witnness festival have gone on to greater things, namely JJ72, Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Idlewild, MJ Cole, Toploader and The Delgado's.

Witnness proved to be a great success last summer when over 35,000 people caught a huge selection of great international and Irish acts over just one weekend.

Beck, Travis, Ocean Colour Scene, David Gray, the Undertones, JJ72 and the All Saints performed alongside some of the world's hottest DJs including Leftfield, Masters at Work, Roni Size and Groove Armada.

Witnness Tickets
Before 16th June After 16th June Weekend ticket 59 (5 off) 64 Weekend ticket with camping 69 (10 off) 79 Day ticket 36.50 36.50 Camping facilities will be available, but limited this year.

Early booking is advisable.

Tickets are available from, all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, or

Tickets also available by calling the Witnness ticket hotlines (local call rates): ROI: 1890 30 WITNNESS (1890 30 94866377) UK & NI: 0845 30 WITNNESS (0845 30 94866377).

NB: Website and phone bookings are subject to a 12.5% service charge & if you buy through an agent, other than Ticketmaster, an additional 1.50 booking fee will apply.

Following last year's successful return shuttle bus service from O'Connell Street in Dublin's city centre, Dublin Bus plan to operate a similar service this year to Fairyhouse Racecourse (only 22 minutes from Dublin city) on both days.

Camping will be available at this year's Witnness. Festival goers intending to camp must buy their camping tickets in advance from Ticketmaster or any of their agents throughout the country. Weekend tickets which include camping cost 69 (before 16th June) and 79 from 17th June so book early to reserve your pitch.

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