2000 Trees Festival 2017
Set on Upcote Farm in the beautiful rolling Cotswold hills, 2000Trees is definitely a festival for music lovers with three days of great music, great bands, a spectacular atmosphere and not a bad attitude to be found on site! Regardless of whether the performance is from a small unsigned band or the headliner, the crowd gather around to give their support for every artist that takes to the stage.
My personal favorite stage on site is ‘The Forest Sessions’, which is set in a small corner within the trees and is home to lovely "toned down" acoustic performances. Artists who generally play the other stages over the weekend tend to take time out of their days to play exclusive sets to a seated crowd spread through the trees.
Sporting a onesie, Grumble Bee opens the weekend on The Cave Stage.
Opening the weekend on The Axiom stage were Croydon boys Bellevue Days. It is still early days for this band but we believe they are definitely a group you should keep your eye on.
Despite being overwhelmed by the turnout as they were the very first band of the day, they were full of smiles and delivered their anthemic music to the ecstatic music lovers in the crowd perfectly. Awesome job guys!
Feed The Rhino erupted onto the stage and practically blew the roof off the tent! Frontman Lee Tobin really knows how to get the place rocking and spent most of his time performing within the crowd. It's safe to say that the crowd didn't leave disappointed!
Punk rock veteran Jonah Matranga took to the Forest Sessions stage with a heart grabbing performance.
Black Foxxes are known for their loud, feedback-filled performances so I didn’t know what to expect when they hit The Forest. As soon as they graced the stage however, the power and sheer emotion in Mark Hollie's voice brought the crowd to a haunting silence, broken only by an explosion of rapturous applause.
It will probably come as no surprise that Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes packed out the forest to the bark!!
Stefanie Mannaerts of Brutus is mesmerizing to watch. Huge drum beats and a huge voice… all at the same time.
Canadian boys The Dirty Nil brought plenty of energy to The Axiom stage.
Anthems, anthems and more anthems. Dave Hause & The Mermaid.
“We are Beach Slang and we are here to punch you right in the heart” This is what frontman James Alex says at the start of every set they play. This was my fourth time seeing them live and the "punch" has only gotten harder!
Moments after their set, James Alex stood in the centre of the tent and gave a totally unplugged performance to a bunch of dedicated fans.
Freeze The Atlantic opened up the Main Stage on Saturday morning.
Becky Blomfield of Milk Teeth is one woman who really knows how to rock!
This was a big one for me, The Menzingers took to the forest for an acoustic performance during the day before their headline show that evening. It was one big sing along with songs from their masterpiece of an album ‘After The Party’ which was released in February this year. IN order to keep their die hard fans happy. they were sure to throw a few of their classic songs into the mix as well!
Colin Doran of Hundred Reasons standing out in the crowd in the forest.
After the headliners finished, people gathered at the small platforms around the site for even more music. Artists played into the night completely unplugged which was a perfect way to end the evening. There was also a silent disco but I know where I would rather be! Here is a personal friend of mine "George Gadd" playing one of those stages under the biggest tree on site.
I left 2000 Trees with one thought in mind…I can’t wait to go back! I can now see why it has won multiple awards. If you a true music lover looking for an amazing musical experience, you'll want to grab your tent and get down to 2000Trees 2018. I can guarantee you wont be disappointed. Find our all about 2000trees 2018 here
Oh! Also, someone took their cat to the festival, a definite first for me!!
Were you at 2000trees this year? What were your thoughts? Leave some comments below!
Article & Images by Steven Cook