Justdip’s in depth and awesome review of the slightly more awesome 2000 Trees Festival 2012. Part 1/6

Part One. An Introduction-What is 2000 Trees and why should I care?

Part Two. Alcopop! – Gunning For Tamar/Freeze The Atlantic

Part Three. Pink Mist – Tall Ships / Three Trapped Tigers / Brontide / Run, Walk!

Part Four. Xtra Mile – Straight Lines / Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun / Ben Marwood / Future Of The Left.

Part Five. The Stragglers – The Computers/Gallows/Pulled Apart By Horses/ Maybeshewill.

Part Six. The Conclusion to conclude on the aforementioned things that may need a conclusion.

Part One. An Introduction-What is 2000 Trees and why should I care?

I attended my first ever 2000 Trees Festival last weekend and here I will try and contain the absolutely bloody lovely time I had. However, I’m sure some of you might not know what the 2000 Trees Festival is about so lets deal with that first.

The sixth 2000 Trees Festival was held on 12th-14th July 2012 at Upcote Farm in Gloucestershire with a lineup that was eclectic, fantastic and featured the very best in new British music.

2000 Trees is a brilliant example of how to put together a festival. In a year where many larger festivals have imploded under their own weight or simply failed to shift tickets, Trees has positively thrived.  2000 Trees has booked it’s biggest lineup to date, both in scale and depth, completely selling out months in advance and maintaining a reputation of excellence amongst both performers and punters. It started off with six friends annoyed at the corporate slog that the mainstream festivals had become and setting out to create a festival for the fans, as opposed to a business venture to take advantage of them. Six years down the line and the capacity has increased from 1000 to 4,500 and has become a showcase for the best of British. It’s lineup reading as a who’s who of amazing new talent, and with every act witnessed live by the organisers, you know they’ll of the highest calibre and capable of holding their own on stage.

So what does all this fun cost? Well Standard weekend tickets cost £66 while VIP Early Entry would set you back a further £14. Parking was £5, the clashfinder/timetable came with a lovely book for £4 and the refundable deposit on headphones for the silent disco that occurs on the Friday/Saturday evening was £10. Add that all up and 2000 Trees is undoubtedly fantastic value for money and certainly puts the larger festivals to shame.

2000 Trees consists of four stages. There’s a large outdoor Main Stage, The Cave is the tented second stage with space for 1000 people. The Leaf Lounge is again, in a tent and can hold 450 and finally we have the open tented Greenhouse stage. You’re never more than a ten minute walk from the other end of the festival, which reduces the lineup clashes and allows plenty of time for a cheeky three o’clock beer back at camp before throwing yourself back into the non stop musical extravaganza that is 2000 Trees.

Another ace thing about 2000 Trees is that you can take your own food and drink anywhere within the festival compound. Obviously a warm can of Strongbow isn’t going to compare to a cool crisp pint of Badger’s Bottom from the bar, but the freedom of choice is by far the tastiest and most refreshing thing on offer. There’s a great range of food outlets encompassing the basic burger and chips, smoothies and soups, thai cooking and a vegetarian breakfast bar, all charging a fair price.

So if you like listening to great music in a picturesque yet sublime setup without the feeling you’re being taken advantage of by a bunch of corporate hollow men then the 2000 Trees Festival should be scribbled in at number one on your list.

Now, onto the bands that made the festival. Part 2.

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~ by justdip on 18/07/2012.

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