Witnness was one of the first big Music festivals in Ireland running from 2000 to 2003. It was held at Fairyhouse Racecourse until the final year, 2003 where it moved to Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare for its final year.

In 2004, Guinness dropped out as sponsors and were replaced by Heineken and the festival changed it’s name to Oxegen and has been such ever since.

This year was the final ever Witnness taking place across 5 stages, in punchestown racecourse, Kildare on July 12th and 13th 2003.

Tickets went on sale Friday April 11th, Tickets cost €59.50 (1 day) / €109.50 (2 day) / €130.50 (2 day + camping)

Saturday July Sunday July

Witnness Main

Coldplay David Gray
Damien Rice The Flaming Lips
Supergrass The Frames
Badly Drawn Boy Super Furry Animals
Mundy The Cardigans
Sugababes The Walls
The Revs Jerry Fish + The Mudbug Club
Echo and The Bunnymen Ashley Hamilton

Witnness Upstage

Underworld Manic Street Preachers
The Streets Polyphonic Spree
Turin Brakes Beth Orton
The Coral The Music
The Roots Paddy Casey
Mark Geary Snow Patrol
Relish Bell X1
Rubyhorse Woodstar
Alphastates Zongamin
The Answer

Witnness Rising

Royksopp David Kitt
Gemma Hayes Tricky
Mogwai The Datsuns
The Thrills Flint
Appleton Calexico
Ron Sexsmith Ladytron
Mull Historical Society The Jimmy Cake
Ed Harcourt The Basement
David Couse The Futureheads
Mankato Q

Witnness Dance

Richie Hawtin Dave Clarke
Lemon Jelly Laurent Garnier
Sneak Justin Robertson
Tom Middleton Beth Gibbons+Rustin Man
Nightmares on Wax Phil Hartnoll
Death in Vegas The Pale
Complete Stone Roses Headzinc+Johnny Moy
Medicne 8 White Trash Girls

Witnness On Stage

Jesse Malin The Redneck Manifesto
The Raevonettes The Mars Volta
Tom McRae 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster
The Rapture The Warlocks
Ok Go Kings of Leon
Maria Doyle Kennedy I am Kloot
Turn Har Mar Superstar
The Bandits The Stands
Ten Speed Racer Autamata
Berkeley Cane 141
Fionn Regan Simple Kid

Witnness Festival Archive

Witnness 2003 | Witness 2002 – Then Becomes Oxegen

Oxegen Archive

Oxegen 2014 |  Oxegen 2013 | Oxegen 2012 | Oxegen 2011 | Oxegen 2010 | Oxegen 2009 | Oxegen 2008 | Oxegen 2007 | Oxegen 2006 | Oxegen 2005 | Oxegen 2004