With just a month to go, the countdown to 2000trees Festival has begun and we believe it is now an acceptable time to start getting properly excited. This year marks the festival’s 10th birthday and they are celebrating with what is probably their strongest lineup to date, featuring Twin Atlantic, Refused and Mallory Knox, and Augustines among many others.
Although 2000trees is about so much more than the music (just take a look at our reviews of previous years), we’ve taken a quick look at five other acts that you should be checking out over the weekend!
Having recently supported Frank Turner on his UK tour, Will Varley fits perfectly with what 2000trees is all about; he’s a folk singer-songwriter with a punk attitude who has worked his way up from open mic nights to sold out shows, while still finding time to support independent music by starting up his own label, Smugglers Records.
The King Blues
Having recently reformed after a four-year break, The King Blues are back with a new EP and they’re even angrier than before. There may be a few cheery ukulele tracks in their back catalogue, but these guys are far from happy right now. Expect a mix of summery ska, anarchic punk and political poetry.
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Joining fellow Scots Twin Atlantic on the lineup We Were Promised Jetpacks, with raucous indie rock music straight out of Edinburgh. They supported previous 2000trees headliners Frightened Rabbit on their Midnight Organ Fight tour way back in 2008, and since then have released three albums of their own.
Beans On Toast
Another friend of Frank Turner is Jay McAllister, aka Beans On Toast. His music is as simple as it gets: one man, one guitar, and hundreds of incredible stories. He’s one of the hardest working musicians around, who seems to be constantly playing shows and has released a new album every year on his birthday for the last seven years.
Last but not least, we get to InMe’s Dave McPherson. This guy simply can’t be dragged away from 2000trees, and you’ll probably end up seeing him whether you like it or not. Back in 2014 he played six sets at the festival over two days, each one more drunken than the last, culminating in a set of half-remembered Frank Turner covers for a group of fans in Camp Turner.
For more information and tickets, head to the 2000trees website. Hurry, because they’re selling fast, and you don’t want to miss out on this one!