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 is sadly far removed from other more commercial festivals.

At GIGsoup we’re featuring a few of the artists you should be looking out for at this years event. Today we concentrate on Leeds band NARCS who have been causing a stir with their heady mix of alternative rock. Championed by the likes of 6Music the band have received impressive feedback for their latest single ‘Pig’ and with an album on the way, ‘A Thinking Animal’, we thought we’d catch up with John Mclaughlan from the band before they took to the Cotswolds…

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?

It’s the first time we’ve been to 2000 trees and we can’t wait. The Cotswolds are an amazing part of the country and hopefully the sun will be shining. We will have driven down from 6am the morning after our album launch so there may be sore heads but we’ll sort that out with a decent breakfast before we play. Festivals in general are great to play, just getting to explore the site and catching some of the other bands is class.

We’re crawling steadily to the mid-point of 2016. How’s it been so far? Any highlights?

It’s been great so far. It seems to have flown by but we’ve been busy. We’ve played a few festivals around and about Yorkshire. The main aim for us this year was to get our 2nd album released. It’s coming out on blue vinyl which is a first for us so it’s been pretty exciting. Live at Leeds and Long Division in Wakefield were both really good inner city festivals.

Describe yourself in 1 Word?

Narc’ed

If you weren’t a musician what would you be?

Something creative or one of the good taster jobs i.eaccessory. Cheese, wine or beer. Office jobs are the work of the devil.

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What’s your essential festival accessory? (Sun cream, a well-worn festival hat, wellies etc)

Sunglasses hide a multitude of sins and they also keep the fiery ball in the sky from making you squint all day. Invest in a decent pair of shades and you can catch a nap in the van without anybody realising.

If you could have your dream festival (dead or alive), who would be the three headliners and why?

Goat on the Friday night to kick of the festival atmosphere with their brand of hypnotic world music.

Saturday, Iggy & The Stooges for the spectacle, stage invasion and raw power (get it?)

To close on the Sunday, Talking Heads doing Stop Making Sense for the ultimate closing singalong.

What can we expect from your set at 2000trees?

Anger, energy and contempt for Tories. 

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?

Demob Happy, Kagoule & Vant

If you could be playing anywhere in the world in 12 months’ time, where would it be?

North Korea and then back to South Korea for a party.

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) ?

Our new album ‘A Thinking Animal’ is released on the Friday of 2000 Trees (July 8th) and we can’t wait to get it out there and for people to hear it. Find us online at facebook.com/narcsband

2000trees - Band Showcase : NARCS

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