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That’s right! Vermont spell-casters Witch will be enrapturing Desertfest with their spooky stoner rock incantations in 2019.

Combining psychedelic rock, Sabbath-ian doom, and Black Flag sludge-punk, stoner aficionados will fondly remember Witch for releasing some bad-arse albums in the 2000’s, while others will know them because they count J Mascis, one of the most revered guitarists of all time, among their ranks. However, in Witch Mascis returns to the drums, his first instrument (if you haven’t already, check out Upsidedown Cross and Deep Wound if you want to hear the famously laconic frontman tear it up on the drums).

Formed in 2005 by Mascis, Dave Sweetapple, and King Tuff (aka Kyle Thomas), Witch released their eponymous debut album via the legendary Tee Pee Records back in 2006 to critical acclaim. Shockingly, it’s now been a decade since they released their second album Paralyzed and presumably put Witch into hibernation while touring and recording with their respective projects took precedence.

We couldn’t be more delighted to be inviting Witch to cast their unique spell over Desertfest in 2019. And fingers crossed for album number three!

Words: Tom McKibbin