Festival Name: 2000 Trees
Dates: 11th-13th July
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
For a relatively small festival with a focus on underground British music, 2000 Trees has some big names and a lot to see. Here are a few acts that you can’t afford to miss at the festival.
Topping the bill on Friday is the ex-Million Dead frontman and folk punk legend that is Frank Turner, who simply cannot be overstated. His live shows are so full of raw energy and passion that you can’t help but get caught up in it, and you’ll find yourself having a better time than you thought imaginable. Headlining the main stage on the Saturday is Mystery Jets, the upbeat indie-rockers whose music is perfect for singing, dancing and jumping along to. Whether you’re a die hard fan that’s been a fan since Making Dens in 2006, or you only happen to know a few of the singles, Mystery Jets are more than capable of putting on a live show that will leave you desperate for more.
Also on the Friday, you’ll find Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun. The band have been slowly making a name for themselves in recent years, and last year saw them supporting Frank Turner on his UK tour. Similarly to Frank Turner, their music is a raucous blend of folk and punk rock that is worth checking out. If you want something a little more chilled out on the Friday, then it’s worth checking out The Crimea, the Camden-based band who are working on their third album Square Moon, six years after the release of their second album, Secrets of the Witching Hour. Their cheery indie music was a favourite of the late John Peel, and if that’s not enough to persuade you to go and see them, then I don’t know what is.
Sub-headlining on Saturday is Stornoway, the happy indie-folk band who aren’t actually from anywhere near Stornoway. After releasing their second album Tales from Terra Firma earlier this year, the band have been touring extensively and perfecting their live show. Their music is simple, fun, and sure to bring a smile on your face. If that sounds a bit too chilled out for you, then maybe you’d prefer Johnny Foreigner, headlining The GreenHouse Stage on Saturday. Their cleverly crafted indie-pop is typical of bands on Alcopop! Records (to which Johnny Foreigner are signed), and their energetic live shows will put a new spin on how you hear their music.
Johnny Foreigner (photo by Steve Gerrard)
These are just some of the many great acts appearing at 2000 Trees, and there are so many more we could mention (including Dry The River, Beans on Toast, InMe, And So I Watch You From Afar, The Xcerts, Stealing Sheep)… For only £72, it’s a bargain. Tickets are available now at etickets.