With festival season fast approaching, lineup announcements are flooding every newsfeed, as yearly festival-goers get stoked for the coming months of outdoor music and camping fun-times. And as an excitable festival-goer myself, none are getting me quite as pumped as this year’s 2000trees lineup. Year after year it brings together an exciting and eclectic collection (an eclection if you will) of the finest underground rock bands, coupled with an ample sprinkling of bigger names further up the bill. It showcases a vast range of rock sub-genres; punk, hardcore, ska, dad-rock (sorry We Are The Ocean, but you’re slipping more and more into that category with every release) to name a few.
The open-minded stage-curators have outdone themselves this year and, boasting a characteristically erratic line-up, it’s certainly a festival for the more diverse of rock fanatics. From Goan Dogs to Kerbdog, The Skints to The Subways; taking an in indiscriminatory approach to band-scouting has led to an all-inclusive, something-for-everyone vibe that this little festival has come to be renowned for and, despite its size, the 2000trees headliners always rival those of ‘bigger’ festivals. Last year saw Scroobius Pip, Band of Skulls and Frightened Rabbit headline the main stage, and this year I’m just as happy to see Young Guns, Deaf Havana and Idlewild grace the top row of the poster. This trio play alongside other big names, such as Pulled Apart by Horses, Bury Tomorrow and Arcane Roots, plus Southwest festival staples Turbowolf, The Computers and The St. Pierre Snake Invasion. It seems with every newly announced batch of bands comes another game changer, constantly re-sealing the deal that this is one of the best small festivals out there.
Jam-packed line up aside, there’s a shedload more on offer over the three days. An abundance of food stalls, locally brewed cider and beer stands, plus the legendary silent disco; for those who aren’t quite ready to retire to their tents when the live music comes to an end. Another nice touch is the acoustic stage. Starting from 10am each morning, you’re welcomed to acoustic performances amidst the forestry, complete with hammocks strung between the many trees on offer (word on the street there’re approximately 2000) in the idyllic and picturesque Upcote Farm — a great way to sooth an aching head the next morning.
Following the most recent (and almost complete) lineup announcement, tickets are sure to sell out soon. And if it wasn’t clear enough from the above few paragraphs, I strongly recommend purchasing one. If a mixture of underground hot-tips, crowd-pleasing big names and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere is what you want from a summer festival then pack your tent and head on over to the Cotswolds this July.
Listen to Idlewild’s ‘Collect Yourself’ here: