About this event:
Deep in the heart of the Cotswolds, not a million miles from the storied spas of Cheltenham, there’s about to be a right bloody racket.
Yep, that’s the one! It’s almost time for 2000 Trees – that hearty yet eclectic blend of contemporary Alternative culture anointed ‘Best Medium Festival’ at last year’s UK Festival Awards. This year, the line-up is led by three of the shiniest gems from the British scene. Namely, the returning Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, You Me At Six and Deaf Havana!
Pretty decent start. Let’s have a look at this undercard, though. Cancer Bats (The Cave, Friday),
Every Time I Die playing ‘Hot Damn’ in full (Main Stage, Saturday), While She Sleeps (The Cave, Thursday), Comeback Kid (The Cave, Thursday) and Turnstile (Main Stage, Thursday)? The stuff dreams are made of, mate. Now, I appreciate not everyone is quite as attuned to roly polies into the moshpit of this plums-out ‘core selection as I am, which is where the variety kicks in.
Thursday brings the Celtic Punk stylings of Flogging Molly (Main Stage), as well as the return of Jamie Lenman’s ‘Lenmania’ stage to 2000 Trees over on The Axiom (featuring Lenman himself opening and closing the day alongside the likes of Conjurer and Loathe). Get down early, and you’ll spot Scouse Pop-Punks WSTR opening the main stage, while a lookie down the poster rustles up the likes of bludgeoning two-piece Haggard Cat (Main Stage), the techy stylings of Holding Absence (NEU) and Palm Reader (NEU), whatever the hell kind of grungy/psychy weirdness Allusinlove are, and even a spot of filthy Ska-Punk from Imperial Leisure (Main Stage).
Friday, we stretch as far and wide as Hard Rockers The Wildhearts (Main Stage) to the shoegaze-y Slow Crush (NEU), via Frank Turner’s Hardcore side-project Möngöl Hörde (The Axiom), the indie-tinged Get Cape Wear Cape Fly (The Axiom) and the thundering Grime/’Core mashup of PENGSHUi (The Cave). Let’s not forget the dangerously mathy Rolo Tomassi (The Cave), fresh from their UK run supporting Gojira and an absolute treat if you’re a fan of not knowing when to headbang.
Saturday is the final day of the fest – weird, I know, but at least you can have Sunday to box off that pesky hangover. Saturday plays host to Suffolk Alt-Rockers A (Main Stage), who you’ll recognise from being at the very top of your iTunes library. Closing out The Cave for the weekend is former MCR man Frank Iero and his band The Future Violents (unless they, you know, change their name again before the weekend). There’s also appearances from the Reggae-inspired fusionistas The Skints (Main Stage), punishing Shoe-Gazers (yes, I did mean to put those two terms side by side) MØL (NEU), Northern Irish Alt-Rockers Therapy? (The Axiom), Glasweigian groovers Lotus Eater (The Cave) and quite frankly the only good thing I can think of to ever come out of Swindon, All Ears Avow (NEU). And they are good, too.
So that’s it, basically! Your friendly neighbourhood Treb head Jed will be around over the weekend – look for a short speccy dude who looks bemused to be at a show Black Peaks aren’t playing and say hi. He seems rather excited. If you aren’t already covered, 2000 Trees tickets are still on sale and can be found here.