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 Edinburgh band We Were Promised Jetpacks. The 4 piece have been a prominent feature in the Scottish music scene since 2009’s ‘These Four Walls’ but it was 2011’s ‘In The Pit of the Stomach’ that brought them to the attention of a wider audience. Their musical star continued its rise in 2014 with the critically acclaimed ‘Unravelling’ and enabled them to take their thunderous live performances on the road throughout the UK, Europe and the US.
With a mixture of indie and anthemic rock We Were Promised Jetpacks should be a ‘must see’ at this weekends 2000trees festival. We spoke to Mike from the band….
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?
Pretty good. We’ve done the festival a couple of times and it’s usually fun!
We’re crawling steadily to the mid-point of 2016. How’s it been so far? Any highlights?
Doesn’t feel like a steady crawl to me. It’s been alright! We did a small UK tour with Explosions in the Sky which will go down as a career highlight, so that was good.
Describe yourself in 1 word.
If you weren’t a musician, what you be?
I be real person!
What’s your essential festival accessory? (Sun cream, a well-worn festival hat, wellies, etc)
A van that you can drive home.
If you could have your dream festival (dead or alive), who would be the three headliners and why?
First of all, I’d like to be alive. I think my headliners would probably be John Williams and his orchestra doing movie themes, a live performance of the Serial podcast, and the Spice Girls.
What can we expect from your set at 2000trees?
We’re going to play a bunch of our songs. I’m actually not sure right now how long our set is, I’ll have to check, so I can’t even say how many. We’ll probably chuck in a few new ones, so that’s fun!
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?
Let’s see. Our pals And So I Watch You From Afar are playing. We love those dudes. I’d like to see Augustines again. And Ash. I bet Ash will be loads of fun. Not really underground music, but there you have it!
If you could be playing anywhere in the world in 12 months’ time, where would it be?
We’ve never been to Asia, and we’d love to. So I guess in exactly 12 months is as good a time as any to go there.
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) ?