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Gift vouchers

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Howdy folks, have we got the perfect Xmas present for you!!??

Don’t know what to get for Christmas this year? Well now you can give (or receive) the gift of 2000trees with our very special CHRISTMAS GIFT VOUCHERS!

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These amazing vouchers of joy, give the recipient money off your festival tickets when they go on general sale early next year!

You can choose voucher amounts from as little as £5, £10, £15 all the way up to £60 OFF depending on how generous you or your loved ones are feeling. Simply select the value you want (or ask your friends & family to buy a Gift voucher on your behalf) and bingo bango you’ll be able to use your 2000trees Gift Voucher to get that amount of money off next year’s festival fun!

Much better than socks or a Christmas jumper we think you’ll agree (although we are partial to a nicely tailored jumper). 🙂

Click here to get your 2000trees Gift Vouchers, which will be delivered straight to your inbox. On each voucher there is a unique “ORDER NUMBER” which can be used as a Promotional Code on our ticket page early next year to get that amount discounted from your 2 day or 3 day festival ticket.


If we don’t see you before, enjoy the Christmas period & remember… a Festival is for life not just for Christmas!


PS. To personalise your special gift download the 2000trees Gift Voucher Artwork.


Fill in our survey to win tickets!

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G’day peeps

We want to hear from YOU!

If you fancy trying to win tickets for 2015, please take a minute & fill out our quick survey here!  There are 10 weekend tickets (including Thursday entry) up for grabs and the winners will be picked at random in the New year from all the entries!    

Installment plan reminder!

Just a quick reminder that you can now spread the cost of your festival ticket, by paying a little at a time!

A Trees ticket can now be yours for only £9.50 a month for a 2 day ticket or £11.50 a month for a 3 day ticket spread over 8 easy payments!  Which let’s face it, is a much better way to go about things.

It will take you less than 30 seconds to register via the links on our ticket page & what’s more, if you sign up today, you’ll get your tickets at this year’s prices. Bargain! Including fees this works out as,

£9.50 a month for a 2 day ticket (Fri & Sat). Total cost £76


£11.50 a month for a 3 day ticket (incl Thursday entry). Total cost £92

  • All you need to do is sign up with GoCardless before the 1st of December and they do the rest. 
  • The first installment of £9.50 (or £11.50 for a 3 day ticket) will automatically come out of your account on the 1st of December.  Then on the 1st of each month (until July), the next installment will be debited from your account.
  • Payments will automatically end on the 1st  of July and then we’ll send you your eticket straight to your inbox. 

To sign up, simply follow the links on our ticket page for whichever ticket type you want, before the start of December.  Not only will you get tickets at this year’s prices, you’ll also spread the cost into bite sized pieces & guarantee your 2000trees ticket before anyone else!

If you want to use this installment option to buy more than 1 ticket, please see our Ticket Page for more options.

2000trees Festival wins fourth national award

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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.”

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Great times at the AIF Festival Congress Awards (winners photo booth!)

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

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Set up week at 2000trees 2014

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.


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Oi oi!

Things are hotting up here at Trees HQ as we put the final touches to all the things that need.. err touching up.  But you don’t wanna hear about that.  You wanna get excited about bands am I right?

Well the band monkey has compiled a list so you can plan which bands you really need to see!

Simply look at the list of genres underneath our line up poster for suggestions of bands we think you’ll appreciate depending on your musical leanings…. Then simply set your ears to stunned!  And don’t forget you can listen to each & every band on our artists page of the website!

If you still need tickets for the best 2000trees yet, then go get some right hereTicketMe!


If you like your rock on the noisy side then check out…
Jamie Lenman, Hawk Eyes, Turbowolf, Baby Godzilla, &U&I, Oxygen Thief, God Damn, Kill Chaos, Wild Cat Strike

Need a slightly more pop-rocky edge then go for…
The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids, Canterbury, Natives, Decade, Verses, Boy Jumps Ship, EMPIRE

You want to dance? Then…
Dan le Sac vs Scroobious Pip, Itch, The JB Conspiracy, Thrill Collins, Gorgeous George

You want to chill? How about these full band types…
Dad Rocks!, Dancing Years, Winter Villains, The Cadbury Sisters, Sam Green & the Midnight Heist, Boat to Row, Common Tongues

Or acoustic solo artists…
VerseChorusVerse, Dave McPherson, Ben Marwood, Sam Duckworth, Andy Oliveri, Joe Summers, Kitten & Bear, Lonely Tourist, Harry George Johns, Eugene Quell

You still want more rock? These guys will help you out…
Band of Skulls, Blood Red Shoes, LostAlone, Lonely the Brave, Arcane Roots, The Computers, The Virginmarys, Crazy Arm, The Retrospective Soundtrack Players, The Dead Formats, Dolomite Minor, Little Matador, Atrevido, I, the Lion

Maybe something a bit more indie…
Frightened Rabbit, Wolf Alice, Darlia, LOOM, Radstewart, Johnny Foreigner, Youth Man, DZ Deathrays, Bleach Blood, Oliver Wilde, The Bronze Medal

Or posty-mathy-rock…
Tall Ships, Three Trapped Tigers, Public Service Broadcasting, Maybeshewill, Nordic Giants, Delta Sleep

All topped off with one final smack down of punk and hardcore….
The Bronx, Trash Talk, Cerebral Ballzy, Gnarwolves, Slaves, Brawlers, Heart in Hand, Palm Reader, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion

Decisions decisions… Who are you gonna see???

We’ll be in touch again next week, otherwise see you in a field real soon!


Rob, Bren, Si, Mark, Andy and James

Tickets & everything else can be found via the  2000trees website

What’s that coming over the hill, is it a Big Scary Monster?

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Some of the finest, most inspiring bands to grace the 2000trees stages over the years have been on the roster of Big Scary Monsters Records – and 2014 is no exception!

Here BSM owner Kevin Douch explains why he believes 2000trees is the most refreshing alternative to the same old mainstream events and how his own adventures at Upcote Farm are going to be the best yet next month… do you agree? We do!

Limited tickets are still available for this year’s extravaganza – get involved!

Cheers, Andy

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I’m almost embarrassed to say that 2014 will only be my third visit to 2000trees. Thankfully our bands have been visiting for a lot longer than that and I’m yet to find anyone with a bad word to say about the festival, the team, or The Big Lebowski!

My two years at Upcote Farm are both underpinned by one repeating struggle: the weather. We all remember the rain of 2012. By far the muddiest festival I’ve ever been to, I remember sitting at our merch stall in the bar tent on the Saturday morning, waiting for it to open whilst watching the river of mud flow steadily past and thinking to myself “can I just piss in a bottle here? I’m never going to leave this seat again!”

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2013 couldn’t have been more different yet, somehow, exactly the same. This time the scorching heat made it the hottest UK festival I’ve ever attended and once again, sitting in the same place, this time trying to find a moment’s breeze, staring at the solid, dusty ground before me, bottle in hand, wondering “is this ok? It’s so hot out there.” The thing is, neither of these experiences were anywhere close to putting me off the festival, the exact opposite in fact.

The spirit of camaraderie and determination between organisers and punters to not let Mother Nature ruin their weekend was incredible. Come rain or shine, everyone was there to have fun and nothing was going to stop that.

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Festivals are a big part of what makes a band tick. From the moment they form, the dream of playing on a big stage to thousands of people is what gets them through the expensive rehearsals, toilet circuit disaster shows and difficult recording sessions. 2000trees, above many others, offers that chance. It doesn’t matter to the Trees team whether you’re a multi-platinum selling artist or someone who only formed six months ago with a demo recorded in your mate’s bedroom. If you have a set of good songs and a willingness to have fun (and maybe a love for west country cider), you’ll be considered. It’s as simple as that. No music industry bullshit, no “you scratch my back” favours, no ticket selling demands, you just need to be good at what you do. We have an increasing problem in this country with a lack of festival headline bands. New artists aren’t being given a chance to develop to that stage meaning old bands get recycled year upon year leaving events like Reading and Leeds more of a constant deja vu than a base to discover your new favourite band. 2000trees is the refreshing alternative.

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It’s not just the bands who dream of festivals. From the days of jumping straight on the bus from a tiny Oxfordshire village after picking up exam results, calling my parents with the bad news en route to another muddy field was a part of my upbringing and a huge factor in making me want to work in music. I would spend hours researching the lineup and then browsing the various merch stalls upon arrival. Now, all these years later, I’m on the other side of the counter and it’s a constant joy to meet so many new people there. We’ve been lucky enough to have a stall inside of the main bar tent of the festival the past two years, alongside our brothers in Alcopop and Blood And Biscuits, where we’ve had the pleasure of many peoples company to discuss the best performances of the day, beautiful vinyl, slightly illegal t-shirt designs, and the festival in general. The fact that James, the founder and man tasked with overseeing the running of the whole event, has been our biggest customer each of the previous years further reinforces how passion and love for music is the absolute backbone of this weekend.

With a number of awesome bands already announced (including BSM alumni Tall Ships, Gnarwolves and Dad Rocks, of course) I have no doubt this will be another wonderful year in the life of 2000 Trees festival and I look forward to discovering some awesome new music and sharing a few ciders with you all over the merch stall this July!

(For the record, I’m still yet to piss in a bottle at 2000trees)


Big Scary Monsters Records’ roster includes La Dispute, Minus The Bear, Tall Ships, Kevin Devine, Gnarwolves, Cursive, Andrew WK, Pulled Apart By Horses and many more. Check them out at www.bsmrocks.com, on Twitter/Instagram @bsmrocks, and at www.facebook.com/bigscarymonsters



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Hola Amigos!

Want to find out about this year’s Fancy Dress theme and Day tickets? Well then keep on reading…

We’ve had a load of requests recently for day tickets from people who can only make the Saturday. So because we’d love to have you all at 2000trees even if it is just for the day we’ve released a small number of Saturday only day tickets… live now on the website.

There are just 100, priced at £40 including camping. For that you’ll get access to all our new stages, our brilliant bars, our amazing food & drink options, the ludicrously fun headphone disco finale and all the amazing bands you can shake a stick at, including;

Frightened Rabbit + The Blackout + Jamie Lenman + Public Service Broadcasting + Tall Ships + Maybeshewill + LostAlone + Lonely the Brave + Hawk Eyes + Palm Reader + Wolf Alice + DZ Deathrays + Dad Rocks! + Darlia + The Virginmarys + Crazy Arm (Acoustic) + Dolomite Minor + Sam Green & the Midnight Heist + The Common Tongues + The Cadbury Sisters

plus loads loads more.

So if you fancy coming to party at 2000trees just for the day, you can grab your Saturday Day Tickets here.

In other ticket related news there are now only;

78 Thursday tickets

26 Joint ArcTanGent Tickets

20 Childrens Tickets

& most importantly less than 400 Weekend Tickets left.

So if you’ve not got your tickets, or know a mate who’s not got theirs then make sure you get them TODAY!

This years fancy dress theme, as suggested by you will be… TV shows/ DVD box sets! So get your thinking caps on and show us your best Walter White, Jessie Pinkman, Nick Brody or Marge Simpson. There are prizes of booze and free tickets to the best dressed and as usual we can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Win a Festival Survival Kit from FilithyFox.co.uk

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If you’re attending 2000trees this year, you’ll need to be properly prepared for one of the best weekends of your year, if not your life!

That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends over at Filthy Fox Festival Gear to give you the chance to win some of the essentials you’ll need to keep dry, clean and comfortable throughout this year’s festival.

The festival bundle contains a festival survival kit with everything from hand gel and ear plugs to a disposable toilet and waterless body wash, as well as a sleeping bag, festival-friendly cook set, elephant shoe covers, light up tent pegs and toilet seat covers.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome bundle simply email us with your answer to the following head scratcher…

Q – If you were a filthy animal, what animal would you be?

To enter, send your answers to info@twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk with subject line “FILTHY ANIMALS”.
All correct answers received by midnight on Friday the 30th of May will be put into our 2000trees hat and 1 lucky puppy will bag the goodies. Unfortunately this competition is only open to UK animals. GO!


Working at 2000trees is fun, by Courtney Mortimer

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This isn’t a job reference, but Courtney is one of the best volunteers I have worked with. Abundant energy and enthusiasm, a love of life, good conversation, fun times, and easily turning her hand to a multitude of tasks.

This is Courtney’s ‘Access All Areas’ story of working on the main stage last year.

If you would like to volunteer after reading this, please email: stewards@twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

Enjoy! Andy

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I fell in love with festivals at Glastonbury 2009 and since then I have been to a fair few. So it was no surprise to anyone when in 2013 I took the two-and-a-half-month summer holiday from my Stage Management Degree to work on nine consecutive festivals.

I worked in a variety of exciting and challenging roles such as Artist Liaison, Stage Crew, Scenic Construction and Site Setup and Breakdown. When I came back from my trip everyone asked me which festival was my favourite and while I can’t answer that, one that will always be high on my list is 2000trees.

I knew very little about 2000trees and didn’t really have any experience setting up for live music when I emailed James about working there, so when I got an email back saying ‘come along’ and telling me I would be doing Stage Crew on the main stage, I was terrified. Excitement won me over though, especially when I looked at the line up and saw how amazing the programming for the main stage was!

In addition to being on the Stage Crew for the days of the festival, I also decided to go and help with the set-up, so I rocked up on the Monday evening, straight from the last festival, and met a group of some of the most awesome people. I was scared about turning up to a festival where I didn’t know anyone but I felt so welcomed by everyone.

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The next few days were really enjoyable. I helped with some finishing touches to the site, like putting vinyl on the bars and a lot of painting (which I am rubbish at) and come Wednesday night everyone was just about ready for the festival to begin, including me. As there is nothing on the main stage on Thursday I got some time to enjoy the festival but I was more excited to get working on Friday.

A lot of people think that working backstage at a festival consists of chatting to artists and not much else, and while you do get to chat to some of the artists it’s also a lot of hard work too.

You have to work as a team to decide on the best plan to get one artist and their gear dismantled and off stage while getting another on stage in the short time between acts. If you don’t keep scheduling, it causes problems because not only are you keeping people waiting, you’re also cutting into artist sets.

2000trees was a great opportunity to learn how backstage at festivals works, and the Main Stage crew and Stage Manager ended up being a pretty well-oiled machine.

Working on a stage also meant that I ended up finding some interesting new music to listen to, including Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun and a band called This Town Need Guns who have a hilarious stage tech spec and a really interesting stage set up.

Seeing and setting up for all this new music was great but secretly I was very excited to be setting up the stage for Frank Turner. Headliners often have a completely different set up to all the other bands on the stage, they often bring their own sound and lighting desks, and as a little bit of a geek I was very interested in what they were bringing.

Courtney and Frank

Frank’s set was amazing and I couldn’t resist getting a picture once we were all loaded out for the night.

Working at 2000trees was some of the most fun I had all summer, I got to work with a great team all weekend while doing what I love to do.

Bring on this year’s festival!


Courtney will be graduating in Stage Management from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in July.

Changes at 2000trees 2014

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Hola Amigos!

Some of you have been asking what changes we’ve got up our sleeves for 2000trees version 8, so here goes…

Replacing the Leaf Lounge and the GreenHouse please say hello to The Axiom and The Croft. The Axiom will feature everything from Wolf Alice to Three Trapped Tigers to DZ Deathrays, while the Croft will host Crazy Arm Acoustic, Dave McPherson and Sam Duckworth. These stages are bigger & better than their predecessors and we promise will make for amazing new additions to the Trees site.

And musically we are 1000% convinced this will be the best Trees ever – so check out our line-up page now and discover your new favourite band before someone else does!

***For more details on why we chose these stage names please see the bottom of this email.

There will be a new amplified stage which we are imaginatively calling Forest Sessions. This will feature loads of amazing up & coming bands playing stripped-back and acoustic, plus a few very special guests.

Are you worried about Band of Skulls clashing with the Bronx? Jamie Lenman with Frightened Rabbit? Well, worry no longer! We are pleased to announce that the 2000trees stages will be staggered and The Cave will not clash with either the Main Stage or The Axiom. Boo ya!

A lot of you have asked that we keep 2000trees the same size. Well we aim to please, so that’s what we’re doing again! Tickets are strictly limited to 5,000 so don’t snooze and get yours now.
To keep up-to-date with 2000trees over the next couple of months come and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (username trees2000) and Instagram. We’ll be running loads of competitions so you really don’t want to miss out!

Speakio soonio

Rob, Mark, Bren, Andy, James & Si
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Many of the UK’s independent music venues are under serious threat and here at 2000trees we wanted to do out bit to highlight this by naming our new stages after venues local to us that have sadly already closed. So we give you The Axiom (formerly in Cheltenham) and The Croft (Bristol).

The loss of independent music venues is a seriously huge deal to the music industry in the UK. These are the places where acts like Frank Turner and Frightened Rabbit cut their musical teeth and without them the UKs scene will be further flooded by major label signings and X-Factor winners. So our message to you is… support your local venue (and your local festivals too). Either use them or lose them.

Everyone is welcome at 2000trees, by Frank Turner

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He was there at the very beginning to perform at the first ever 2000trees in 2007. More recently he did the Olympic Games opening ceremony, headlined Wembley and went on a world tour.

Then he returned to Trees last year, his ‘favourite festival’, and popped up to sing at least a dozen times… the man is a 2000trees legend, he defines what we are all about, and we are proud to call him a friend.

Check out the video at the end too, it captures such a brilliant year for 2000trees!

Enjoy, Andy

Frank Turner on main stage at 2000trees Festival 2013

Frank Turner on main stage at 2000trees Festival 2013 – photo by Dom Meason


I’m happy and proud to be able to say 2000trees Festival and I have a long history together. I played there the first year, 2007; played a crazy four times in 2008; had my first festival headline slot there in 2010; and came back in 2013 to top it all off with five sets over the weekend. It’s safe to say we’re family these days.

Last year was my favourite, for a number of reasons. James and the crew asked me and the Sleeping Souls to come back and headline again, and I gladly agreed – I’d been talking about coming down to the festival just to hang out anyway. Once that had been agreed, I thought it’d be fun to also play a solo show as well, on the Thursday night. En route to the festival, it occurred to me that it might be fun to do an “album show” – play one record in its entirety. I’d recently played all of my first record at a show at the Southampton Joiners, so it seemed appropriate to play Love Ire & Song at Trees. In fact, I’d say it’s the perfect place to play that record, the old-school fan favourite, as it were.

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Frank Turner on the Cave in 2013 – photo by Jacqui Sadler

In the event, that meant I actually had to sit down and relearn a couple of songs, or at least figure out a solo way of playing them. I didn’t pre-announce what I was doing, I just let the crowd figure it out from the first few songs. It was awesome when people twigged what was happening, and it was a really magic atmosphere in the tent, I think. That record has a special place in the hearts of many, myself included – and it was lovely to enjoy those songs at a festival that I’d played so many times with a crowd of people including many who’d been there every step of the way.

After that set, I ended up wandering over to Camp Reuben – an institution that started the second year, when Reuben broke up before they were able to come play the festival. I played some Reuben covers back in 2008, and it was great to see that people were still keeping that flag flying (Reuben being one of the great lost British rock bands, in my opinion). I played a bunch of songs, including a badly-remembered Reuben cover. Then it was bed time in preparation for the big day.

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Elly Till and FT 3


The following day, I started off with a short set at a tent to end off a discussion involving Xtra Mile Recordings (more on that shortly). Then I headed over to Elly’s tent to play some songs there. Elly had won a competition for me to come play and she and her friends were lovely. I then spent the afternoon mooching around, catching friends’ sets, guesting on a couple here and there, watching some killer new bands (The Cadbury Sisters, wow). At one point I headed up onto the hill above the farm, from where you can see the whole festival site, and just enjoyed some peace on an English summer afternoon. Then finally, the Souls and I headlined the main stage to a big old crowd and saw the day off in style. It was an idyllic couple of days, and one I hope to repeat in years to come, whether or not I’m playing.

I’ve always been suspicious of the idea of “scenes” – in my experience they’re usually something journalists construct out of laziness, and / or contrived attempts to solidify various lame fashion trends within music. Having said all that, in the last few years I’ve really started to feel like there is something like a scene that I’m part of. It involves Xtra Mile Recordings, bands and singers like Chris T-T, Ben Marwood, Emily Barker, Jim Lockey and his boys, Beans on Toast and many others. And it also involves 2000trees Festival, which is starting to feel like the annual gathering for this little music tribe.

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And the thing I love most about it is that it’s a scene which isn’t borne of one specific style or musical cul de sac. I spent a while trying to figure out what the unifying factor was, and in the end I think it’s this: it’s unaffected music, music that isn’t trying to be anything other than what it is, music that isn’t in any way concerned with fashion, cool, trends or anything like that. Just cool underground British (and friends!) guitar music.

Everyone is welcome, and everyone just loves the music in a totally unpretentious way. In some ways I feel like it’s what I was looking for as a kid, in both metal, punk and hardcore. I’m deeply, deeply in love with it, and happy to be some small part of it. I hope it continues for many years, and that it gathers every July in the hills at Upcote Farm.

Check out this video of last year, featuring an interview (or two!) with Frank

For more information on the legend that is Frank Turner please visit: www.frank-turner.com

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