152 Old St, Manchester OL6 7SF
The Witchwood is a public house and live music venue in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England. Located in Ashton-under-Lyne's town centre, The Witchwood has been a hub for live indie and rock music since the 1960s, and features on North West England's pub music circuit.
Bands that have played at the venue include Lostprophets, Muse, The Coral, Ash, The Seahorses, Snow Patrol, The Ordinary Boys, This Is Bracewell, Candid Iniquity, Profane(feat Doy), The Damned, Glenn Tilbrook(Squeeze) & The Hamsters.
In 2004, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council served a compulsory purchase order on The Witchwood as plans for the regeneration of the surrounding area required the building to be removed. After a campaign to save The Witchwood, supported by regular customers, local amateur musicians, businesses and live venues, live music fans from across the country, Ask Developments – the company regenerating the surrounding area – agreed that The Witchwood would not be demolished on condition that "the exterior would be re-rendered and new windows put in". The campaign to save The Witchwood was led by Tom Hingley and was supported by musicians such as Bert Jansch, The Fall, and The Chameleons.
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