If you’re looking for a multifaceted festival that has no concept of genre boundaries, but a sincere love of great music, then chances are you’ve heard of 2000 Trees. Having grown over the last twelve years, the festival has seen itself becoming an essential part of British Summer time, and a must attend for thousands of passionate music lovers. Every year sees a diverse line up, generally better than the last, and it’s fair to say that the tireless staff behind Trees have outdone themselves again. Let’s take a closer look:
Headlining the event on Thursday will be returning heroes and champions of the festival, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. There’s not a soul on Earth who can honestly say they aren’t enchanted by Frank Turner’s magnetic performance, and his set at 2000 Trees is likely to be an energetic highlight of the weekend. With new album, Be More Kind, released just last year, fans can expect a delicate balance of new and old material from Turner et al, and a show to remember.
Friday’s festivities will come courtesy of You Me At Six. The Surrey quintet are bringing their party ready brand of rock music to the festival in sterling fashion. You know what to expect from a band as dyed in the wool as YMAS, hits till the cows come home and a frenetic set to rival any other. With music from VI right back to Take Off Your Colours to pull from, Six’s illustrious career is a bottomless fountain of feel good energy.
Finally, Saturday’s headliner will be Deaf Havana. Easily the most famous thing to have come from Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in Norfolk, Deaf Havana have more than earned their headlining status through relentless hard work and touring. After Rituals, their most recent album, and All These Countless Nights being smash hits in the UK, it seems the band are more than able to command larger stages and set to provide Trees with an unforgettable experience.
But it’s not all about the headliners of course: The weekend sees a veritable smorgasbord of talented artists gracing the stages of 2000 Trees. Perhaps the most exciting proposition of all is the second ever Lenmania courtesy of 2000 Trees legend and all round musical virtuoso, Jamie Lenman. Joining Mr Lenman will be a host of the finest bands including, Show Me The Body, Conjurer, Loathe, Orchards, Frauds, False Advertising as well as two sets from the man himself, Jamie Fucking Lenman. It is absolutely certain to be a delight and likely to feature some of the heaviest music Trees has to offer.
Gracing the festival on Saturday with their melodic chaos will be none other than the mighty Every Time I Die. The band have gone from strength to strength throughout their career, maintaining a consistent upward trajectory of quality, so seeing material from each of their albums is a treat. However, 2000 Trees gets the biggest gift of them all as ETID will be performing their sophomore record, Hot Damn! in full alongside a delectable assortment of hits. And to keep the punk energy going, Friday sees Canada’s favourite party punk sons, Cancer Bats return to the British Isles. After the sneak release of latest smash hit, The Spark That Moves, the Bats are riding high on the crest of a wave, and we can only expect riotous energy to emanate from the quartet.
While the main players are important in the advertising and promotion of a festival, it’s the undercard that promises the biggest surprises, and with a showing this strong you’d have to be made of stone not to part with your money. With the no holds barred punk stylings of Milk Teeth, Nervus, Petrol Girls or Turnstile, Thursday promises to be an emotionally and politically charged event. Technical hard-core maestros, Palm Reader bring their own crushing presence, and Blood Youth are set to leave every attendee in a stunned silence. All of this is without mentioning the likes of the colossal While She Sleeps, the understated brilliance of Puppy and the sweet three part harmonies of Press to Meco, there really is something for everyone and that’s just day one!
Friday sees Frank Turner pulling double duties at the fest, performing with the controversially named Möngöl Hörde. A set that is set to be as intense as the Twitter debate surrounding the band’s namesake, it promises to be a highlight. Elsewhere Pulled Apart By Horses will be bringing their signature sound, Dream State and Rolo Tomassi promise to be spectacular in their diverse manners, Angel Du$t and Gouge Away will rend limbs from bodies, and the progressively minded Brutus will decimate any audience they’re put in front of, especially with material from their latest album, Nest.
Last but definitely not least comes Saturday’s top picks, and we’ll be damned if the festival doesn’t end with a bang: Fulfilling the necessary emo quota will be Frank Iero and the future violets. The My Chemical Romance legend brings his latest artistic endeavour to the UK and you can guarantee there’ll be tears of joy when he steps out on to the stage. The Black Queen will bring their hypnotic synth pop to Trees, with their Massive Attack meets late Depeche Mode sound, and Therapy? – the Irish Nirvana – have enough iron clad bangers throughout their startlingly consistent back catalogue to level any field they dare to set foot in. Add in to this equation the likes of the frighteningly stellar Møl, the sweet melodrama of Can’t Swim, the wonder of Muncie Girls, Spielbergs, The St Pierre Snake Invasion and AA Williams, and you arguably have the festival’s strongest day.
So there we have it, the Rock Sins picks for 2000 Trees. There are of course a whole plethora of bands worth seeing not covered here, so why not head over to the 2000 Trees socials to take a gander at their incredible line up or browse the poster below. Want to get some tickets? Then pick them up right here! Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know!