Photographer Credit: A Supreme Shot
Praise for Witch Fever:
“Reincarnate is a powerful, fierce debut oozing with potential, with as many mighty riffs and snarling feminist putdowns as any rock fan could possibly want. Witch Fever are a band that you’re not going to want to take your eyes off. ” - 4/5 Kerrang! Magazine
“This is a band with such clear talent, and if you aren’t picking this EP up from your local record shop you’re doing yourself a disservice." - 9/10 Gigwise
“Insistent, Insurgent, and irresistible” - 9/10 Classic Rock
“This is something that could scorch lawns and burn down buildings, this is Witch Fever” - Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music
“If Witch Fever were a cult it would be incredibly difficult to refuse an offer to join them.” - CLASH
“They look cool as fuck, they sound like a reckoning and they really mean it.” - NME 100: Essential emerging artists for 2021
“The raw, breathless energy of early Nirvana gets coated in doom cobwebs (think Candlemass, early Black Sabbath etc)” - Louder (‘Reincarnate’)
“With sharp percussion and a badass final verse, Witch Fever deliver a feminist punk anthem” - The Forty-Five (‘Reincarnate’)
After releasing their debut EP Reincarnate to critical acclaim, Manchester’s Witch Fever announce a very special headline show at London’s Colours on 24th March 2022. Tickets are on sale now here.
On the performance, drummer Annabelle says, “We are so EXCITED to announce our first London headline in a fucken while. We’ve curated a sick line up which we will tell you about soon. We’re buzzing to finally be playing with these bands! Expect a hot n heavy show brought to you by some of the most powerful musicians in the game.”
With supports yet to be announced, Witch Fever will be curating the evening so expect some very special guests to make an appearance.
Since signing to Sony’s Music For Nations last year, the four-piece have played an in-store at Rough Trade East, a sold-out tour with political duo Bob Vylan, been backed by Frank Carter, performed at Brixton’s O2 Academy supporting IDLES, and are about to set off on selected EU dates with them and Bambara.
Debut EP Reincarnate was released at the tail end of 2021, and included singles ‘In The Resurrect’ (watch here), ‘In Birth’ (watch here), title track ‘Reincarnate’ (watch here), and ‘Bully Boy’ (watch here) - Now in 2022, Witch Fever are already well on their way to new heights, and are ready execute the year ahead.
Witch Fever are:
Amy Walpole: Lead vocals Alex Thompson: Bass and backing vocals Alisha Yarwood: Guitar Annabelle Joyce: Drums
2022 EU/UK Tour Dates:
*Supporting IDLES ^Supporting Bambara
1st Mar - Elysee Montmartre, Paris FR* SOLD OUT 2nd Mar - Le Transbordeur, Lyon FR* SOLD OUT 3rd Mar - Fabrique Milano, Milan IT* 4th Mar - CAP10100, Turn IT^ 5th Mar - La Paloma, Nimes FR^ 6th Mar - Le Bikini, Toulouse FR* SOLD OUT 7th Mar - Santana 27, Bilbao SP* 9th Mar - Sala Razzmatazz, Barcelona SP* 10th Mar - La Riviera, Madrid SP* 11th Mar - Lisbon Coliseum, Lisbon PT* 24th Mar - Colours, London UK 15th Apr 2022 - Manchester Punk Fest, Manchester UK SOLD OUT 16th April - Futurama Festival, Liverpool UK 1st May - Bad Pond Fest, Brighton UK 26th Jun - Outbreak Festival, Manchester UK SOLD OUT 7th Jul 2022 - 2000 Trees, Cheltenham UK
About Witch Fever: Witch Fever’s name is inspired by the hysteria which accompanied the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, and Europe, which the band have long considered were a means to belittle, suppress and diminish women.
William Morris, owner of the UK's largest mining plant, DGC, and originator of the British Arts and Crafts movement and arguably the finest wallpaper designer of his generation, coined the term Witch Fever, which was a phrase to dismiss arsenic and- wallpaper-related public health concerns in 1885.
In Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created an extremely toxic arsenic and verdigris compound pigment, Schweinfurt green, known also as Paris, Vienna, or emerald green, which became an instant favourite amongst designers and manufacturers the world over, thanks to its versatility in creating enduring yellows, vivid greens, and brilliant blues.
Most insidiously, the arsenic-laced pigment made its way into intricately patterned, brightly coloured wallpapers and from there, as they became increasingly in vogue, into the Victorian home. As its use became widespread, commercial arsenic mines increased production to meet the near-insatiable demand. Not least of which was whose owner was William Morris.
Concocting a potent sonic assault that recalls the foreboding darkness of Black Sabbath, Savages’ monochrome post-punk, and the dirty breathlessness of Bleach-era Nirvana, Manchester’s Witch Fever create a confrontational racket that takes no prisoners. Being named as ones to watch by NME, CLASH, Metro, and more, as well as championed by Fred Perry, Vans and even Orange Amps, Witch Fever are a band you’ll want to keep a close eye on.