2000trees festival is Britain’s best kept secret. The 10,000 capacity independent music festival, set in the heart of the Cotswolds hills, began back in 2007 with a mission to bring the best of underground British rock. Since then it’s dipped its toes in all kinds of auditory waters – and definitely expanded outside the confines of underground, British and rock – to create its own blend of musical extravaganza.
Dannee Peppi, attending 2000trees festival for the 7th year in a row, brings us some of the visual highlights of the artists you missed at 2000trees 2019.
The weather held out as ever – not a drop of rain.
We had brilliant British rock – and some great offerings of international rock too.
We had the Cave, Axiom and Neu stage, who never failed to deliver exceptional music away from the main stage highlights.
MØL, Neu Stage. We’ll only forgive you for missing them if you’re planning to see them in August at ArcTanGent (2000 Tree’s sister festival)
Of course, we had Frank Turner (performing both with his main band and in Mongol Horde) – the festival’s hero since 2007.
Did I mention the great weather?
We had The Armed. When you get told by Big Jeff it’s ‘an event – you have to see it’, we couldn’t really take no for an answer.
There was blinding 180bpm strobes. There was hardcore metal so heavy our ears are still ringing. The lead jumped off the stage in the first minute… and didn’t really return. There was a man covered in grass, croissants thrown at the crowd, and a vocalist who was apparently part of the band but never got on the stage. At one point, a member of the crowd got up on stage and took control, while the lead watched in elation from the photo pit (below). Our words when we walked away sum it up best… ‘what on earth did we just watch?’
We had Imperial Leisure, the circus ska band we all want to run away and join.
We had Jamie Lenman and his ‘Lenmania’ stage on the Thursday night, a curation of Lenman’s favourite rock acts. He brought us (below) Show Me The Body, Loathe and Orchards, easily some of the best performances at 2000trees. Show Me The Body in particular really pushed the boundaries of 2000trees – they’re an underground hardcore punk band hailing from New York, with a sound drawing on hip hop and sludge influences. Being on stage is quite unusual for a band who usually do their sets on street corners and underground studios. Industrial, uncontrollable punk at its finest.
We loved VUKOVI, who spent precisely 30 seconds singing her main song and crowdsurfed on a lido for the rest.
We had all sorts of beautiful offerings at the Forest, with Hunger Moon, Peppy and Moon Goes On offering a quiet retreat from the stages.