2000trees Festival – Saving the World One Song at a Time!
Calling all festival lovers! The time is nigh. The time to get away from the doldrums of every-day life, to forget about the trials and tribulations associated with work, chores and trying to satisfy every god forsaking person in your life in search of one epic weekend of delightful inebriation; and what better place is there to escape reality than 2000trees? A 5,000 capacity multi-award winning independent music festival set up by six friends who had just gotten tired of ‘over-paying’ to see their favourite bands; offering up around 100 live acts across four fantastic stages between the 9th and 11th of July.
A friend to wallet and camera-phone alike (if you can be trusted to bring such equipment!), 2000trees provides a value-for-money alternative to many of the more mainstream events; it is set amongst the picturesque Cotswolds hills (meaning views aplenty!) and combines a dedication to environmental awareness with tunes from some of the best and most exciting new and underground artists, making it the perfect tonic for both the eco-warrior and music fan inside you. The festival offers everything from Rock, Metal and Indie to Folk, Pop and god knows what; with past acts such as Frank Turner, Devil Sold his Soul, Funeral for a Friend, Johnny Foreigner, and The Subways all gracing the Upcote Farm arena in previous years.
And The Subways are back again for this year’s showpiece; bringing with them a host of talent that will include the likes of Alkaline Trio, Twilight Sad, Mclusky and Deaf Havana amongst many others; and that’s not all! Bring your radio and tune into Trees FM, where you’ll be treated to a selection of interviews and numerous secret acoustic sets; or take your guitar over to one of the three busking stations onsite and let loose on them vocal cords (and if you’re feeling brave, why not try a bit of a Capella?); and if you’re not quite ready to finish the party once the live music ends, fear not, there is a silent disco available until 3am taking place from the main stage, the Cave and the Greenhouse! As an alternative to the music (If you need one!), there is a comedy tent available where you’ll find a number of different jokers; and at 10:45am on the Saturday, Sheila Platt (the farmer) will be demonstrating to the crowd her sheep herding skills (can any other festival offer this?), so make your way over to the Greenhouse if you’re intrigued! And why not head over to the main arena between 1pm and 3pm later that day for the fancy dress competition at Lebowski’s bar? Where the theme is Video Game characters and the winner will be announced at 4:30pm.
The celebration has attracted massive interest this year and organiser Andy Rea says: “We’ve had a great response to the line-up and expect to sell out in advance of the event, it’s been a great year for underground music and for us 2000trees will be the pinnacle, we cannot wait!” With this in mind, it is key that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible; so get onto http://www.twothousandtreesfes tival.co.uk/tickets/ and get hold of one before they run out!
By Calum Dewsbury