2000trees is a special festival for so many reasons. Seen as a key date in the festival diary it’s ability to un-earth the ‘next big thing’ now has a legendary status. With coveted artists such as Frank Turner, Bombay Bicycle Club and Wild Beasts (to name just a few) featuring over the years it still has an air of independence about it that other more commercial festivals now lack.
At GIGsoup we’re featuring a few of the artists you should be looking out for at this years event. Today we concentrate on London trio ‘Happy Accidents’ and their addictive blend of 90s punk and indie. With more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box the band create tracks which are, put simply, unforgettable. There’s a real DIY feel to proceedings and 2000trees could not be a better platform for them to show off their wares.
We spoke to Rich Mandell from the band about the festival and their forthcoming album…
2000trees is a real showcase for up and coming talent as well as concentrating on environmental concerns. How does it feel to be playing at this year’s festival?
Really exciting! We’ve been to the festival before and it’s great, so it’s really nice to have been asked to play this year. It’s a shame that environmentally conscious festivals aren’t more common, so kudos to Trees for caring.
We’re crawling steadily to the mid-point of 2016. How’s it been so far? Any highlights?
Yeah it’s been a good year so far. We’ve done a few small tours of the UK and went to Europe for the first time in April. Hopefully releasing our album is going to be the highlight. We recorded it in November and It’s finally coming out a week before the festival.
Describe yourself in 1 word
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If you weren’t a musician, what you be?
We’re not really musicians and all have full time jobs. So probably boring office people, or superheros – currently undecided (see above).
What’s your essential festival accessory? (Sun cream, a well-worn festival hat, wellies etc)
Optimism. Toilet paper and hygiene gel are also great for when a positive outlook isn’t quite enough to get you by.
If you could have your dream festival (dead or alive), who would be the three headliners and why?
Radiohead, Martha, Car Seat Headrest. Mainly because they are all I’ve been listening to for the last week.
What can we expect from your set at 2000trees?
Probably some dad dancing? We’re just going to try our best, I reckon that’s all we can do.
2000trees is a real mix of the best new and underground music. If you could recommend 3 other acts to check out at this year’s festival, who would they be?
The Smith Street Band, Muncie Girls and The Spills.
If you could be playing anywhere in the world in 12 months’ time, where would it be?
Melbourne maybe? Or Croatia? That’d be nice. Anywhere where it can double as a holiday really!
Anything else you’d like to tell us before we set you free to entertain the sun-seekers and muso’s of Upcote Farm (new album, new tour etc) ?
Yes! Our album ‘You Might Be Right’ is out 1st July and we’re heading out on tour later in the month.
8th – Cheltenham – 2000 Trees Festival
15th – London – Urban Bar
17th – Oxfordshire – Truck Festival
23rd – Birmingham – Scruffy Murphys
24th – Leeds – Acoustic House Show
25th – Edinburgh – Banshee Labyrinth
26th – Glasgow – The Glad Cafe
27th – Manchester – The Star and Garter
28th – Cardiff – Gwdihw
29th – Bristol – Roll for the Soul
30th – Brighton – The Royal Pavillion Tavern Pub
11th – Cheltenham – Frog and Fiddle
12th – Nottingham – JT Soar
13th – Leeds – Scene Better Days Fest