Independent music festival, 2000 Trees, was set in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds between the 6th and 9th July 2017.
The weekend was an eventful one to say the least. Sun, cider and good music filled both the days and the nights, accompanied by the campsite antics only a festival can offer. Aside from the fantastic bands, the chants of ‘oh Jerermy Corbyn’ could be heard repeatedly as festival goers enjoyed one of the best up and coming festivals around.
Thursday allowed the chance to hear headliners Mallory Knox. The quintet from Cambridgeshire certainly packed the Cave stage, as the audience well as truly embraced the ‘shout at the moon’ attitude. As I arrived late into the evening, I missed most of the other acts, however I did manage to catch a glimpse of Young Guns as they disappeared off stage.
Friday delivered more sunshine, sweat and most importantly, quality music. Deaf Havana have been one of my favourite bands for a while now, and their set-list certainly did not disappoint. Having left the song choices down to a Facebook poll, many older ‘classics’ were performed, particularly from their album ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’. One of the best moments for me, as I am sure it was for a lot of other people, was when frontman James Veck-Gilodi broke into the legendary ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’ by Oasis, after their song ‘Nicotine and Alcohol’ was incorrectly named on the poll.
The Wonder Years – the band I was most excited to see at 2000 Trees – played next. The crowd was raring to go and instantly pits opened up for the pop-punk tunes. They delivered, in my opinion, a fantastic set-list, with songs spanning across all their albums.
Due to the incredible heat on Friday, I spent much of the day in the acoustic forest sessions. Here, James Veck-Gilodi performed prior to Deaf Havana’s main slot. Frank Carter also played a great acoustic performance, ending on ‘I Hate You’ – undoubtedly my favourite song by the infamous Rattlesnakes.
Another notable mention from Friday is Ducking Punches who had the privilege of opening the main stage. Despite a heavy Thursday night, a large crowd arrived to support the 5-piece. A special mention goes out to Dan Allen for delivering a particularly moving speech concerning mental health before playing ‘Six Years’.
Saturday delivered yet more sunshine, cider and more unusually, a wedding (that I had been invited to at some point on the Thursday evening)!
Saturday’s array of bands topped off the weekend. Gnarwolves, Lower Than Atlantis and Slaves were my highlights of the day, but others such as Fizzy Blood and Get Inuit certainly added to that final day buzz. Slaves ended the main-stage music in such a manner that involved the whole crowd moshing and moving to every song, previously knowing them or not.
What deserves a special shout out is the seriously good Silent Disco that went on between 11.30pm and 3.00am on Friday and Saturday night, across two stages. The Main Stage delivered a pop soundtrack to dance along to, or so I am informed, as I spent my 7 hours at The Cave. Here the headphones blared out a mixture of metal, pop-punk and rock; anything from Slipknot to Panic! At The Disco, to Limp Bizkit and New Found Glory!
There was no denying that the sauna-like tents or ridiculous sunburn hurt, but honestly, the sun provided a much needed change from the normal damp and dreary weather found at British festivals.
2000 Trees delivered a spectacular variety of talent; both new and old. The friendly staff, safe environment and unrivalled line-up has well as truly convinced me, a first time 2000 Trees attendee, to return in 2018 (I have already got my ticket!).
2018 tickets can be brought here.