The summer of 2001 saw me going to two festivals that year – T in the Park over in Scotland and the second Witnness festival in Ireland.

T in the Park took place over the weekend of 7-8 July. This was my first visit to a Scottish festival and it was really good.

Very much like Glastonbury but probably a bit more accessible. I met up with my Glasgow friend Colin and his sister and some of his friends.

There was about four stages overall, the main stage, second stage, King Tut’s stage and the dance tent.

Most of that weekend was spent jumping between stage 1 and stage 2 to catch the bands that you wanted to see.

By the time I got there I think I missed quite a few bands. On the Saturday, I got to see Dandy Warhols, Muse, James, Placebo and Catatonia.

On the Sunday the main highlights were Beck, Feeder, Weezer, JJ72 and Ash.

T in the Park was a fantastic event and it was quite evident that the Scottish fans loved their music. A very friendly bunch and I would definitely be going back again.

Closer to home, the weekend of 4-5 August brought me down to Punchestown Racecourse again for the second Wittness festival. The line up was quite similar to T in the Park but Witnness boasted a mass of Irish talent on stage.

This time I was down for both days and I went down with some guys from work who were big into music. We went down and pitched our tent on the Friday. Witnness had proved to be popular second time round which meant that camping was available.

Keeping up with the theme from the first one, there were four stages and the smaller café tent.

The Saturday was quite busy taking in loads of bands between all three stages.

On the main stage I got to see Throat, Wilt, Muse and The Charlatans.

The second stage named More I managed to see The Walls, Evan Dando, Starsailor and Embrace. Highlight of Saturday evening was at the Rising stage as The Frames closed the proceedings there. A fantastic performance by them.

Sunday started off at the main stage as Snow Patrol opened early. Quite a contrast to now as they would go on to headline future events here. Following Snow Patrol were Downpatrick’s Relish and then it was Feeder, James and Placebo in quick succession. Another Downpatrick band, Ash closed the main stage that evening.

Inbetween main stage sets I got to see Teenage Fanclub and Elbow on the More stage and on the Rising Stage I got to see The White Stripes Irish debut, followed by And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead, David Kitt and Super Furry Animals.

The second Witnness was a great success and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would be back again the following summer. Guess I was making up loss time of missing out on Feile!

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