YEAH WE DID!!!
2000trees Festival has won its fourth national award – and is in the running to scoop four more.
We were named ‘Supporter of Emerging Talent’ champion at the Association of Independent Festivals awards last weekend (October 18).
Our band booker extraordinaire James (we can say that now we’ve had official recognition) says: “This is the perfect award for 2000trees as it recognises that we are the UK’s best festival to discover new and underground music.
“We’ve had the likes of George Ezra, Frank Turner, Twin Atlantic and Wolf Alice at 2000trees long before they achieved national and international recognition and we pride ourselves on this fact. Every award – and this one in particular – helps to make the event better for our fans as we bring in the best live acts around.”
2000trees has twice been named ‘Grass Roots Festival’ winner at the UK Festival Awards and has again been nominated this year, ahead of hundreds of events across the UK, as well as for Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Toilets.
Two acts who performed at the festival in July – Wolf Alice and Blood Red Shoes – are up for the Breakthrough Act award.
More than 1.5 million votes have been cast already but voting closes on Monday (October 27).
James Scarlett urged people to vote, both to have a chance to win free tickets to all winning festivals and to support a festival that encourages the next generation of talent to grow.
“It’s been a brilliant year for 2000trees – we’ve seen our biggest headliners ever, our biggest overall audiences and our best year yet in terms of weather, organisation and enjoyment,” he adds.
“To be nominated for any national award is fantastic and to win one would be the icing on the cake of an excellent year, so every public vote counts.”
Votes for the 2014 UK Festival Awards can be cast by visiting www.festivalawards.com
Created by a group of friends in 2007, 2000trees was borne out of frustration with the ever increasing corporate sponsorship and ‘musical merry-go-round’ nature of the larger mainstream British festivals.
Disillusioned by extortionate ticket prices and over-priced food and drink, this band of festival veterans vowed to take matters into our own hands and in true punk rock style set about developing the perfect antidote.
Upcote Farm has previously played host to Frank Turner, Dan le Sac v Scroobius Pip, Bombay Bicycle Club, Los Campesinos!, Pulled Apart By Horses, Tribes, Frightened Rabbit, The Subways, Goldheart Assembly and Tall Ships – to name but a few.
The festival won the Grass Roots Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards 2013 and 2010 – voted for by festival fans. In the Awards’ words:
“Often the best small festivals spring from an organic labour of love and a long-time dream which has been shared by thousands more. These festivals should be celebrated, not just for the courage and vision shown by their organisers, but also because they never forget where they’ve come from, supporting their local communities and new music along the way while retaining an independent spirit and resisting commercial saturation.”
2000trees is also ‘A Greener Festival Award’ winner for its dedication to being one of the UK’s greenest festivals, set within the stunning backdrop of Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham.