Festival Preview: 2000 Trees


Started back in 2007 by a group of friends, 2000 Trees returns this July for its 8th year running to showcase the best new and underground music. Nestled in the stunning depths of the Cotswolds, a true DIY festival with an emphasis on value for money, it has outdone itself with this year’s line up. So, with a week till the festival opens its gates, we take a look at what attendees have to look forward to.


For those wise and lucky enough to have scooped up early entry tickets, they get the pleasure of having an extra 12 bands to immerse themselves in. Split between two stages, The Cave (the heavier bands) and The Forest Sessions (the lighter music), the organisers have perfectly curated the day so that there aren’t any clashes between the musicians on both stages. The Subways, The Xcerts and Arcane Roots are all set to play acoustic sets in the Forest and later play The Cave, with The Subways headlining the latter. We Are The Ocean, The Computers and Bristolians Turbowolf, who have recently toured with the likes of Royal Blood and Death From Above 1979 as well as releasing their vigorous new album ‘Two Hands’, will also take to The Cave. The Forest Sessions will see festival favourites The Cadbury Sisters and Thrill Collins play, joined by Bridges, Lonely Tourist and Rozelle who will also play the acoustic stage.


Friday is set to see Acollective take to the main stage. The large band from Israel will be making their ‘trees’ debut, to deliver what will no doubt be a visually mesmerizing set, that will get the crowd moving. Their warm, groove-infused music will provide a shimmering setting for the midday of Friday’s sets. Joining them on the main stage will also be Ghouls, Tellison and Idlewild.

Showing the festival’s diverse nature, over at The Cave, Leeds alt-rockers, Pulled Apart By Horses will be hitting up the stage for what is sure to be one of many explosive sets to take place in that tent. They’re perfectly suited to the stage’s usual crowd and for this reason; it’ll be the perfect festival setting for band, crowd and mosh. The likely highlights from Friday’s Axiom line up are headliner Benjamin Booker, Glaswegian duo Honeyblood and Sheffield punk-rockers Nai Harvest, with Errors amongst others also completing the stage’s line up.

Meanwhile, over at The Croft, expect goose bumps and shivers from sets by The Lion and The Wolf (aka Thomas George) and Hampshire trio Blaenavon. Friday is headed up by Norfolk band Deaf Havana, who will complete the main stage’s line up.


Like Friday, Saturday’s line up is jam packed with sets expected to be too good too miss. The real battle of the day is between The Croft stage and The Axiom, which are both hosting a long list of new and exciting musicians. The Croft Stage will see performances from two singer/songwriters George Wilding and Jake Isaac. With distinctively different sounds, expect very different audiences, as Wilding is sure to bring a more chilled and softer sound, whilst Isaac will deliver his bouncy summer songs. Also taking to The Croft will be indie-rockers Jurassic Pop, as well as These Ghosts who’ll present the festival goers with their effortless electro-rock.

The Axiom will see Stroud four-piece Milk Teeth, bring their grunge rock to the site fresh from supporting My Chemical Romance’s Frank Lero earlier this year, whilst Oh Boy!’s sunny indie pop is sure to light up the crowd. Sets from Newcastle punk-rockers Boy Jumps Ship, and Scottish indie-rock band Fatherson are also sure to be highlights from The Axiom stage.

Over on the main stage eclectic songwriter Kiran Leonard will play is genre blending songs, seeking to prove exactly why he is so different to your everyday solo musician, whilst London based, six piece Skinny Lister will delight crowds with their folk-rock later in the day. Saturday’s headliner, American alt-rockers Alkaline Trio are set to finish the weekend’s music.

With something for everyone and plenty of new music to discover, 2000 Trees is set to be three days of thrilling underground sounds.