The band has already started playing when I make my way to the Sue Stage. To my surprise, the tent is not completely packed and the general atmosphere seems to be rather serene. I haven’t seen Witchcraft on stage before, but I have heard good things about their shows, with special mentions on the singer’s stage performance. I find my way through the crowd to a spot in the middle where I have a perfect view of the stage. My first impression of the band is that they seem a rather mixed bunch, character-wise that is. Not that it has anything to do with the quality of the music itself, it’s just an observation.
I’m still a bit surprised by the small number of people, but the band seems to be more than content with the crowd. I recognise a few songs and notice that the ambience periodically rises well above average levels. When I exchange words with Aapo, a fan of the band, he says that the gig is not the best he has seen from Witchcraft. He adds that the band are at their best in small clubs.
Experiencing a Witchcraft gig seems to entail a lot of slow, dragging swaying more than jumping around, but the music is straightforwardly un-apologetic, and the band is playing well. Singer Magnus Pelander‘s movements and stage habitus is well worth witnessing; neither wild nor fierce, but calm and unassertive. From time to time, he gazes into infinity above the crowd. Between songs he walks around in circles on stage and throws a few rather odd jokes for the listeners.
I stay until the end. There’s no encore, but the audience seems satisfied nevertheless. Me? Well, let’s just say that the band may have gotten a new fan.
Text: Essi Orpana
Translation: Jari Rytkönen
Photo: Nuutti Turkki