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Byline: Colin Murray

THERE are more heavyweights playing Witnness this summer than are currently competing in the world of boxing.

And most of it is pure quality.

Hot Music provided the headline names long before this month's official announcements, but now organisers are working around the clock to fill the bill with acts worthy of such a flagship occasion.

Hard-living Tricky is the first to bring his beats to town, despite committing to fewer live appearances than Michael Jackson.

The off-kilter rapper began his days with Massive Attack, then released the acclaimed Maxinque album.

Since then he's just got darker and darker.

New LP Blowback will be out next month in time for the big date at Fairyhouse Racecourse.

On the other end of the scale we have Catatonia and their hits set standing by to thrill those who go to festivals for fun more than a serious live music stint.

The lovely Cerys and her Welsh chums have went from Indie pop to bang in the middle of mainstream in three albums.

Their International Velvet record with Strange Glue, I Am The Mob and Mulder & Scully may be their finest moment, although new material this summer will prove this statement right or wrong.

Also at Witnness will be Welsh counterparts Super Furry Animals, who also have new material in the offing.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 27, 2001
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