Preview: 2000 Trees Festival
Started by six friends who wanted to combat the high prices of music festivals, for its 12th year running the award winning 2000trees is a festival showcasing an eclectic mix of rock, punk, metal and alternative music in the picturesque settings of Upcote Farm in Glousteshire. 2000trees has something for everyone, showing 130+ bands who are both established and upcoming, ranging in popularity and genre.
The festival will be starting off hitting the ground running with American punk rockers At The Drive In headlining the first day on Thursday 12th July. After a recent UK tour, despite having broken up for 11 years between 2001 and 2012, they have still proven to have a large, faithful international following with fans travelling across continents to see them play live and they are guaranteed to bring about a dedicated and chaotic crowd.
Reigning Days, Black Foxxes and Turbowolf are smaller bands to look out for who are also playing on Thursday. Reigning Days and Turbowolf both show their own representations of fast moving classic heavy rock, with ferocious riffs and mighty vocals, and Black Foxxes show a passionate mixture of moving songs with raw energy and unique and emotional lyrics. All three of them have very high standard 2018 album releases, each of them featuring a brilliant variety of what rock music is today.
Twin Atlantic are the headliners on day two, and this band originating from Scotland never fail to impress, always providing striking sets with songs ranging from headbanging masterpieces to moving love songs about their hometown, which regardless of which location they’re playing, diehard fans will always be found overpowering frontman Sam Mctrusty’s vocals with their own dominating renditions.
Also playing on Friday are Fangclub and Ho99o9, acts from two ends of the alternative spectrum. Both are excellent live bands with incredible stage presence, with Fangclub emanating bands such as Nirvana, demonstrating a grunge and rock filled display of talent, and Ho99o9 showing a hardcore captivating performance with a combination of punk, horrorcore and hip hop.
The dynamic Enter Shikari will be closing the festival with their loud and proud, powerful and political music. A Shikari crowd always has a close-knit sense of community, with their songs interchanging from drum and bass to alternative rock while in an atmosphere of catharsis and passion.
Last but definitely not least, among the final bands that cannot be missed are The Xcerts and Bloody Knees. The Xcerts prove to be one of the most promising bands out there, their own distinctive style of power pop and indie rock makes every crowd go from dancing to moshing to emotionally swaying. Bloody Knees supply enthralling and energetic in-your-face rock tunes grabbing attention from audiences as shown on their recent UK and Europe tour with Black Foxxes, where the crowd was flicked on like a switch the second they started playing.
Tickets start at the bargain price of £60 for a day ticket and £115 for the full three days with the option of being able to pay a £20 deposit to secure a ticket and pay the full price later.
Tickets are available here