This year, 2000trees festival taking place on 14th-16th July in Cheltenham, celebrates its 5th birthday.
The festival won the Grass Roots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards in 2010, an accolade that couldn’t be more deserved. In the words of the Awards:
“Often the best small festivals spring from an organic labour of love and a long-time dream which has been shared by thousands more. These festivals should be celebrated, not just for the courage and vision shown by their organisers, but also because they never forget where they’ve come from, supporting their local communities and new music along the way while retaining an independent spirit and resisting commercial saturation.”
2000trees is also a Greener Festival Award winner as they make a conscious effort to only choose British based bands thus cutting down on air miles and contributing less to climate change (how lovely of them).
The festival was started up in 2007 by a group of friends who were frustrated by the sky-high ticket and food prices of other mainstream British Festivals. According to events manager Bren, the idea came about during one of those “wouldn’t it be good if” conversations we all have while drunk, and “2000trees is a study in when it gets carried through and good stuff happens”.
Upcote Farm has played host to such acts as Frank Turner, British Sea Power, Bombay Bicycle Club, 65daysofstatic and Metronomy during the festivals short but successful career. The line-up this year is as stellar as it has been in recent years and with the addition of new stage, The Cave, many more bands will be playing. Headliners on the main stage this year are hip-hop duo Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip and Scottish, indie rockers Frightened Rabbit whose live performance has apparently brought grown men to tears. Further bands on the main stage include Los Campesinos!, Danny & the Champions of the World and Imperial Leisure.
Performing on The Cave stage will be bands as capable of evoking emotion as Frightened Rabbit, but the more antagonistic forms (mosh’s are guaranteed). Headlining this stage will be Sucioperro (early entry tickets needed), And So I Watch You From Afar and Amplifier.
Other attractions include comedy performances, DJ’s, headphone disco and quality and value food and drink.
Tickets cost just £59 for an adult weekend camping pass. Children under 10 go free but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Early Entry tickets for Thursday, July 14th are £12.
For two days full of great music and entertainment that won’t melt your credit card grab your ticket now, oh and you’ll be saving the world as well if you’re at all fussed.