2000 Trees : Review 2018

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Photo Credit : Gareth Bull

2000 trees is a magical little festival set in the Gloucestershire countryside, every year it caters to the tastes of music lovers from all over the world, this year for example we met people from Australia, Belgium, Ireland and of course all over the UK, all enjoying the festivities. 

Boasting five stages set, busking sites and delicious food galore across the perfectly laid out site this years festival saw bands such as the legendary At the drive-in, And So I Watch You From Afar, Twin Atlantic, Black Peaks, Enter Shikari and a whole load more play to a crowd of almost 10,000 people in the middle of a UK heatwave. 

We started the festival off on the Thursday nice and early with Nottingham’ Palm Reader bringing an intense energy to The Cave. A quick beer in the sun to the sounds of Scotlands Vukovi showed the diversity this festival brings and it’s definitely no bad thing as the crowd is so varied and makes for a more interesting festival experience and it all went off without a hitch. It’s no wonder people return year after year. 

There were excellent sets from Belgiums hottest exports Brutus, the trio have been making big waves since the release of their debut album Burst and it’s easy to see why with their super catchy rock anthems and crowd singalongs, you can expect to see them back again real soon as they are no strangers to the UK these days.

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BRUTUS : Photo Credit : Dom Meason

Arcane Roots smash the main stage as usual with razor-edged math-rock aggression and screaming vocals mixed with more tender moments from Vocalist/Guitarist Andrew Groves. Jonah Matranga & Friends blast their way through Far’s “Water and solutions” as it celebrates its 20 year anniversary. 

Black peaks make a triumphant return to 2000 trees and it’s no surprise that it’s one of their favourite places to play given the reaction of the crowd as they pummel their way through a selection of songs from “Statues” and the forthcoming new album “All that divides”  

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BLACK PEAKS : Photo Credit : Dom Meason 

 Headliners At the drive-in were one of the most intense acts of the 90’s/00’s thanks to their unique style of post-hardcore and the release of “Relationship of Command” and after 18 years they’ve still got it, with vocalist Cedric throwing himself around the main stage as the band rapidly tear through a great selection of songs both new and old much to the eager crowds delight but it’s “One Armed Scissor” that really gets the crowd pumped and left wanting more. 

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 AT THE DRIVE-IN : Photo Credit : Gareth Bull

Friday was much more intense day for us with highlights including No Violet who played like their lives depended on it and make a huge racket on the neu stage, watch out for this young Bristol based grunge outfit and Ellie Godwins exceptional vocal style, they release their debut EP this September and we’re impatiently keeping our eyes and ears peeled for that.  Vodun change things up and bring tribal drums, warpaint and West African influences with a metal tinge and it worked perfectly in the setting of 2000 trees.

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VODUN : Photo Credit : Dom Meason

PINS deliver the post punk vibes for a sunny afternoon and Bristol grungers Soeur take to a packed Neu stage to make a big noise with the two front women belting out some brand new material along with some older crowd favourites.     

 It’s also worth noting that there were definitely a lot more female artists involved in this years festival which is great and you could tell they were booked because they were awesome bands rather than just to tick boxes, this was also evident from the fact that Safe gigs for Women were also in attendance raising awareness on site. 

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Up next an awful crossover clash between ASIWYFA and Ho99o9 who both brought a little mayhem to the proceedings in completely contrasting enviroments. ASIWYFA took to the main stage on a glorious afternoon to a crowd filled with inflatable bananas while Ho99o9 played the darkness of the cave writhing around on top the crowd, climbing speakers and displaying more energy than an olympic athlete in the baking heat. Definitely glad we managed to catch most of both bands sets.

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HO99O9 : Photo Credit: Ben Morse 

Conjurer once again prove to be one of the best new metal acts in the UK at the moment with their take on extreme, doom & progressive metal.  My Vitriol and Twin Atlantic battled it out in headline slots both to packed tents before the first highly anticipated silent disco of the summer began and everyone lost their minds and danced their asses off into the early hours.

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Photo Credit : Joe Singh

Waking up soaked in sweat on the Saturday morning in a baking hot tent is one sure way to get rid if any hangover from the night before and with the Saturday being a much more chilled affair for us we caught great sets from Queen Kwong, Demob Happy, Meat Wave and a little bit of Hell is for Heroes headlining the Cave before we ate our weight in halloumi wraps and called it a weekend unfortunately missing the final silent disco 🙁

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Photo Credit : Gareth Bull 

Overall it was another amazing weekend spent catching up with friends,old and new as is tradition at these festivals, it was also the first year the fest had tried a cashless system which seemed to go pretty smoothly given the bad press these systems have had at other festivals across the UK in the past, the only danger here was drunkenly buying prosecco and beers like there was no tomorrow and with no cash to worry about.

The organisers have done an amazing job year after year and we can’t wait for the next instalment in 2019 but before that we have their sister festival ArcTanGent to look forward to next month. See you there!!!!!