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The multi award winning 2000trees is a 15,000 capacity music festival set in the rolling Cotswold Hills. You’ll get 3 nights camping and a friendly, intimate atmosphere – plus amazing food and locally produced ciders, ales & lagers.

2000trees is all about the music. We’ll give you more than 120 of the absolute best new and underground acts from the worlds of rock and indie, plus some more established acts to close out the night. Previous bands that have played 2000trees include Enter Shikari, Frank Turner, At The Drive In, Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, Blood Red Shoes, Band of Skulls, The Bronx, Wolf Alice, Public Service Broadcasting, 65daysofstatic, Lower Than Atlantis, And So I Watch You From Afar, Future of the Left, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Hundred Reasons. For details of past line ups take a look at the following links:- 2018 2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007


– “Britain’s Coolest Festival” (Kerrang! Magazine 2018)
– “The UK’s coolest independent festival” (Total Guitar)
– “The ‘anti mainstream festival’ you should go to” – (Metro)
– “It is, and always has been, a place where music is champion” – (Upset)
– “A magnificent weekend” (Rock Sound)
– “Diverse, intense, challenging, and down-right incredible music. truly extraordinary, long may it continue” (The Independent)
– “The best festival in the UK – and that’s not going to change any time soon” (Stereoboard)
– “2000trees lives up to all the promises, it was the most pleasurable of festivals. fantastic festival and atmosphere” (Summer Festival Guide)
– “Top 10 small festivals” (The Guardian)
– “A festival set up by festival lovers for festival revellers… it might be small but it packs a punch.” (Virtual Festivals)
– “My favourite UK festival” (Frank Turner)

Here’s what some of our fans had to say recently on Twitter…

– @2000trees I was in the Hundred Reasons pit with the organisers. When was the last time you saw Eavis or Benn in the pit. Didn’t think so
– @2000trees The only festival you can sleep with a white Russian and wake up smelling like a badgers bottom ;p
– @2000trees is the Christmas of festivals- it comes around once a year, there’s loud music and everyone’s drunk by lunch time
– @2000trees A festi called trees really is the bees knees, there’s lots of beer n music 2 hear, it’s by far the best part of my year
– @2000trees Friend Makin’, Leaf Loungin’, Cider Drinkin’, New Bandin’, Cave Dwellin’, Main Stagin’, Fun Lovin’, Greenhousin’


– Winner of ‘Best Medium Festival’ – UK Festival Awards 2018
– ‘Supporter of Emerging Talent’ Champion – Association of Independent Festivals Awards, 2014
– Winner of the “Grass Roots Festival” award – UK Festival Awards, 2010, 2013 & 2017
– Short-listed for Best Small Festival – UK Festival Awards, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
– Finalist in the Fans’ Favourite Festival – UK Festival Awards, 2011

Founded in October 2006, 2000trees was created by 6 music fans tired of overpriced mainstream events that care more about profits than people. Music festival veterans themselves after attending all the main industry events over a decade, James, Rob, Andy, Brendan, Mark and Si decided that they could do it better themselves.

None of the 6 had any industry experience, simply a passion for music and the desire to create a dynamic, energetic and accessible event that put the festival-goer at the top of their priority list.

“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, vision, commitment and often personal sacrifice invested 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. All hail the grass roots festivals and their creators!” (UK Festival Awards, 2013)

Access Information

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2000trees is continuing our work with Attitude is Everything after achieving a bronze award and will continue to make our site as accessible as possible. Below we have outlined the available facilities at our festival but if you have any further questions then please don’t hesitate to email us at: info@twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk or write to us at:

2000trees Access Information
45 Underdale Road

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Access information as PDF
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Site explanation:
Broadly rectangular in shape, the site is 500m at its longest point with the Main arena, Main stage, Neu stage at bottom end and the accessible camping in the centre. Two large music tents (The Cave & The Axiom) are situated in the centre of the site. The Forest Sessions stage, and chill out areas are found towards the top end of the site.

Approximate distances from accessible campsite to:

Main stage – 250m (includes viewing platform)
The Cave tent – 135m (includes viewing platform)
The Axiom tent – 50m (includes viewing platform)
The Neu tent – 200m

The site is based on a sheep farm and as such the majority of the site is a field without solid road ways.

Site opening times:
Thursday 9th July 09.00 – 23.00
Friday 10th July 08.00 – 23.00
Saturday 11th July 08.00 – 19.00

Bookable access facilities

2:1 tickets for personal assistants:
A free ticket for a personal assistant is available to any deaf or disabled person who would be unable to attend without their presence and who has bought their own ticket.

Viewing platforms:
We have three viewing platforms available. One is situated at the Main Arena, one at the The Cave tent and one at the Axiom tent. Access to these platforms will only be granted to people wearing a viewing platform wristband. You will also receive a lanyard to allow one companion access along with you.

Accessible campsite:
Accessible camping is situated just inside the main pedestrian entrance which is the centre of the site with close proximity to facilities. An accessible toilet will be in this campsite. There are no showers on site. A 24-hour level access charging point for power chair batteries will be located in the Wristband Exchange (main entrance tent) 10m from the accessible campsite. Information during the festival will available from the same tent.

If you require access for a specific vehicle that is your only means of transport we will review on a case by case basis. Please email us to discuss at: info@twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

Assistance with luggage is available upon request at arrival.

Event Mobility:

Event Mobility is delighted to be providing electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors at the show.

To reserve an electric scooter or manual wheelchair please book online at www.eventmobility.org.uk  or download the advance booking form from here: 2019 Advance Booking Form Print and send it to Eventmobility, 3 Racecourse Road, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2EY


How to apply:
To apply for the 2:1 tickets and to request a viewing platform wristband or place in the accessible campsite, you will need to do the following:

– Purchase a standard ticket from our website
– Fill out the Access requirement form and email to info@twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk with the subject title: Access requirement form. (A physical document is available on request)

– We will then issue the 2:1 ticket to you manually.
– Upon entrance you will just need to bring your Etickets.

Wristband collection:
Customers making use of the 2:1 scheme and access facilities on site should proceed directly to the ‘Guest list’ queue at the Wristband Exchange (main entrance tent) to get their wristbands, passes and assistance upon arrival.

Blue Badge parking spaces do not need to be pre-booked. Upon arrival at 2000trees please show your Blue Badge to a member of the car parking team and they will direct you to the correct spot. Blue Badge parking is directly outside the main pedestrian entrance.

Distance to:
Check-in – 100m or less
Accessible campsite – 110m or less

Accessible toilets are available at all major points around the site:

1. Access camping. (Centre of site)
2. Main Arena. (Bottom of site)
3. The Axiom stage. (Centre of site)
4. The Cave Stage. (Centre of site)

Main Stage viewing platform – toilet = 50m
The Cave tent viewing platform – toilet = 30m

(We are currently in the process of arranging Accessible toilets to be available directly by viewing platform. Moreinfo to follow)

Strobe lighting:
Strobe lighting may be used at any time during the festival.

Assistance dogs:
Assistance dogs are welcome at 2000trees. Please let us know if you intend to bring an assistance dog using the Access requirement form.

Medication Refrigeration:
A refrigerator will be available for medications located with our First Aid provider in the centre of the site.

All medicine must be clearly labelled including the owners full name & telephone number.

Medication is left at the owners risk and must be collected before the site closes at 12midday on Sunday.

The day Frank Turner came to my tent, by Elly Till

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Elly Till won a dream prize: a pair of tickets to 2000trees 2013 and a unique performance at her tent by our headliner Frank Turner, thanks to Kerrang! online. Here’s her story…

Just a quick reminder that tickets go on sale on January 27th, get involved!

Roll on the summer! Andy, 2000trees

Elly Till and Frank Turner at 2000trees Festival 2013

Elly Till and Frank Turner at 2000trees Festival 2013


“Congratulations on winning a pair of tickets to the 2000trees Festival…”

This was the message greeting me when I finally logged into my email after a week’s camping in a wifi blackspot in Cornwall. If I’m honest, I couldn’t even remember entering the competition with Kerrang! And I never win things. EVER. My first thought was this was a wind up, so I read and re-read the email, then read it some more. Not only had I won two tickets, but Frank Turner was going to perform for me, at my tent!

I knew nothing about 2000trees, and even after checking the website I was still unsure what to expect. I’d gathered that it was going to be smaller than the festivals I’d been to previously. Not to worry though because just like other festivals I’d been to, there would be mud. And judging from the 2012 photos, there was going to be a heck of a lot of mud. Mud was almost guaranteed (well I was wrong!). There wasn’t time for anymore research; it was Tuesday and 2000trees started on Thursday. I had 36 hours to negotiate more time off work, pack the camping gear back into the car and get on the road.

When Thursday arrived, it was a gorgeous sunny day. Best pack the wellies though, just in case……

Elly and her sister relax as Frank Turner performs beside her tent at 2000trees Festival 2013

Elly and her sister relax as Frank Turner performs beside her tent at 2000trees Festival 2013


My sister and I jumped in the car full of excitement, and a little trepidation as to what the next four days held in store. The conversation in the car centred mainly on Frank. Will he really turn up? Do you think there has been a mistake? Am I too old? I’m 31, surely when they find out I’m so old they will give the prize to someone else? Maybe there was an age limit and I’m over it? It didn’t matter what I did, I just couldn’t get my head around it. Frank Turner, whose gigs I’ve been to countless times, Frank Turner who I had a little teeny, tiny, 12-year-old girl-style crush on, was going to be at my tent playing my favourite songs? It sounded too good to be true.

We arrived at trees to be greeted by the waving hands and smiling faces of the stewards and made our way to the guest list queue (I felt rather special actually!) where we waited for Andy. Oh Andy. Lovely lovely Andy. He confirmed that yes, Frank most definitely would be coming to my tent, and right at that moment it actually hit me and I started getting nervous. But it was nothing a nice warm cider while pitching the tent wouldn’t settle. We found a great spot to camp and once the last tent peg was in, and the airbeds were inflated, off we went to explore 2000trees, quickly discovering that OneHugeTree was probably a better name! The sun was shining, the atmosphere was building, and the White Russians in The Big Lebowski bar were flowing. So far, so good.

Thursday went by in a flash and before we knew it, it was Friday – it was time. The record company found me and assured me ‘Frank will be 10 minutes’. A few people from behind the scenes at trees had started congregating around my tent. I suddenly felt very nervous – they were all watching me.

So with cider to settle the nerves I waited, and it was not long before I saw him. It was like a dream, and he was God walking towards me, guitar case in hand! I don’t mind admitting I was like a kid at Christmas, I just wanted to throw my arms around him, but I restrained myself and tried to act cool…………………

We all got comfortable and Frank played 3 of my favourite songs, belting them out with such gusto all I could do was sit, mesmerised by what I was witnessing in front of me. I wanted to get up and dance, sing my lungs out, but my legs would not stop shaking and I appeared to have lost the ability to string a sentence together! To outsiders I must have looked really unimpressed but I was in shock, pure awe at the situation I found myself in.

VIDEO: Frank Turner performs for Elly Till at her tent, 2000trees Festival 2013

An amazing performer and a true gent, Frank then stayed at the tent and signed autographs for the groups of fans that had gathered once word spread. He posed for loads of photos and he even let me get my hands on his beloved guitar. ‘Are you left handed?’ Frank asked me, ‘no’ ‘well then you are holding it upside down…’.

Crowds gather as Frank Turner performs for Elly Till

Crowds gather as Frank Turner performs for Elly Till


It took a while for it all to sink in once he had left. Still amazed by what had happened, I was in a bit of a daze. A few latecomers turned up and asked ‘was Frank really just at this tent?’, ‘have we missed him?’. For 45 minutes, on July 12th 2013, I was the most popular girl in camp!

Looking back now it is all a bit surreal. Sometimes I forget it happened and then when I remember a huge smile spreads across my face. We saw some great acts that weekend, some we had heard of, some we hadn’t and that is one of the many reasons that 2000trees has been my favourite ever festival by a long way. It may be small in size but it is huge in atmosphere. What a wonderful festival to be part of – Andy and the team should be proud. Only 168 days to go…

Elly Till

Musical musings on why 2000trees is ace, by Phil Davies

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Music writer Phil Davies first discovered the band And So I Watched You From Afar at 2000trees, describing them as ‘one of the greatest bands on the planet’. Here he shares memories of other first encounters at 2000trees and what makes it so special.

Thanks again to all who purchased an Xmas Special Ticket, we salute you! If you missed out, our regular tickets will be back on sale on the 27th January at 7pm from www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/tickets … Roll on the summer! Andy, 2000trees


Phil Davies and friends at 2000trees Festival

2000trees has become Gloucestershire’s premier music festival. The home of new and unsigned British music. And each year it has gone from strength to strength. Not only in size and reputation, but in the quality and diversity of the acts presented to us as an audio banquet. It’s a feast for the ear, if you will. I want to share with you my musical musings on why 2000trees is awesome.

This beautiful festival really encapsulates everything you need from a smaller, more intimate event. The site is within the gorgeous countryside of Gloucestershire. It is easy to navigate and the food vendors really do deliver quality food at a reasonable price. No one likes buying food at festivals, but it helps when you’re not paying through the teeth each and every time, and with the likes of Pieminister there – everyone’s a winner.

As for the music, each stage is an alcove of discovery. From the simple intimacy of the ‘Greenhouse Stage’, to the pummelling wall of noise emanating from ‘The Cave’ – there are so many audio hidden gems dotted around.

At night, the main stage is lit up with gorgeous lighting and colour which bounces off the hundreds of branches on the surrounding trees, making beautiful shadows and a fantastic backdrop. With headliner acts such as British Sea Power, Fightstar, 65 Days of Static, The Futureheads, and the festivals very own hero – Frank Turner; it’s great to see how the festival continues to move forward and strives to support great British music.

One of my favourite memories of 2000trees was discovering one of the greatest bands on the planet – And So I Watch You From Afar. The year was 2010 and my cider-induced coma was interrupted by the scream of a siren. The eerie, ghostly drone rung out across the whole site, promptly followed by an earth shockingly loud trio of thuds from drums and guitars. I scrambled to get changed in my tent and as close to that stage as I could. I wasn’t disappointed.

The set panned out to be more than I could have ever imagined.  It was really one of my first forays into the world of instrumental music, and I couldn’t have asked for a better host. The tracks for their debut album echoed around the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. With the wailing guitars frantically mashing a million more notes than you can even comprehend, it was a wall of noise which was oh so sweet.

The likes of ‘that’ opening song – Set Guitars To Kill ­– and guitarist Rory Friers who was humble and warm throughout the set, and always took his moments to smile and thank the ever-growing mass of people in front of him. These four Belfast boys were more than a band that day. They were to me, the birth of music once more.

2000trees welcomes the support provided by the local community. University students help create a lot of the fantastic artwork scattered around the site and the stages, and help to run the festival in numerous support roles.

There are plenty of signposts dotted around which ensure you can’t put a foot wrong. Although some are more useful than others – I couldn’t help but smirk at the ‘This is a sign’ post each time I walked past it, showing the hard-working organisers have a great sense of humour. Even the steward and support staff seem genuinely happy to be a part of the festival.

A week before the festival, loads of people chip in to get the crucial set-up tasks done. They help put up fencing and assist in the construction and positioning of everything. For their hard work, they’re rewarded with a massive BBQ and some beers at the end of each day, as well as a free festival ticket. Being able to share stories with a group of dedicated volunteers which seems to grow larger and larger each year is brilliant, and not just because of the free drinks at the end!

The organisers themselves are the six nicest people you could ever find running a festival. I’ve watched them grow into their roles each year – from running around like headless chickens in 2008 – the ‘wet year’ – to standing proudly in front of a stage, cider in hand in 2013. But each and every time you see them they will make time for you. They will talk and share the war stories of Fightstar being late, or food vans sinking into the mud, or losing Frank Turner because he’s gone into the campsite to play in someone’s tent.

This is what makes the festival so accessible and real. It’s run by real people who are fans of good music and a good festival experience. So Andy, James, Si, Mark, Rob & Bren – thank you. You’ve brought this festival so far, and come rain (mostly) or shine (lovely), each year has been fantastic. Here’s to many, many more.

Phil Davies is a freelance music writer from Cheltenham, contributing to the Big Cheese, efestivals/egigs and more. His favourite 2000trees bands are And So I Watched You From Afar, Kong and Vessels.

My Albums of the Year, by James Scarlett

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This is not really a 2000trees ‘Albums of 2013’ list, it’s just my own personal selection, but given that I book the bands for both Trees and ArcTanGent I thought people would be interested to see where my tastes are coming from. 

Music is my ultimate passion and I have to say I really enjoyed pulling this list together, particularly the idea that I might influence someone to go and check out a band they’ve never heard of. So instead of reading any more of my waffling please click on the links below and hopefully you can discover something you’ll fall in love with.


24. THOUGHT FORMS – Ghost Mountain


22. MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Rewind the Film

21. LOST IN THE RIOTS – Stranger in the Alps


19. PURE LOVE – Anthems

18. TTNG –

17. THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION – Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion EP

16. AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR – All Hail Bright Futures

15. ANTA – Centurionaut

14. AXES – Axes

13. GUNNING FOR TAMAR – Camera Lucida EP

12. JAMIE LENMAN – Muscle Memory

11. 65DAYSOFSTATIC – Wild Light

10. ARCANE ROOTS – Blood & Chemistry

9. BOSNIAN RAINBOWS – Bosnian Rainbows

8. PEARL JAM – Lightning Bolt

7. TERA MELOS – X’ed Out

6. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – Like Clockwork


4. DEAFHEAVEN – Sunbather

3. FUTURE OF THE LEFT – How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident

2. CULT OF LUNA – Vertikal

1. HUMANFLY – Awesome Science

Do you agree with my selections? Do you have a favourite album yourself? Why not share your views on our facebook page.

James Scarlett pictured with John, farmer at Upcote Farm - the home of 2000trees

James Scarlett pictured with John, farmer at Upcote Farm – the home of 2000trees


James Scarlett is one of the founders of both 2000trees and ArcTanGent Festivals.

The icing on the cake, by Andy Rea

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In case you haven’t heard, 2000trees has won a national award! Our man Andy explains how it feels to win the coveted Grass Roots Festival gong and why we are looking forward to 2014 so much.

In other news, our Xmas Ticket Special Sale is almost over with £5 off 2013 prices – you’ll never see the like again so why not buy yours here.

Plus check in regularly for the next blog instalment and let us know your thoughts for next year’s ‘Trees’ on facebook and Twitter. 

And the Grass Roots Festival Award 2013 goes to… 2000trees!

It was quite a start to the week for 2000trees and my hangover on Tuesday was testament to how much it meant. We partied hard after hearing we’d won the Grass Roots Festival Award, handed over by comedian Phil Jupitus at Camden’s Roundhouse recently. We were shocked, genuinely, and as a result the free bottle of vodka we received alongside our trophy lasted very little time as we shared it among friends. In short, we celebrated!

Though you may not realise it, dear reader, the award was your way of saying thanks to us for organising 2000trees. You see, the voting was done by you, our amazing fans, which means you thought us worthy of this accolade and voted in your droves (500,000 people voted across the UK this year). The fact that you made it happen is sincerely the best bit about winning. Thank-you.

The UK Festival Awards team described the Grass Roots Festival Award thus:

“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, vision, commitment and often personal sacrifice invested 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. All hail the grass roots festivals and their creators!”

We are over the moon to win a national award. I’ve done a couple of media interviews and they are already asking how we can top this triumph next year. Plus Rob, Si and I were asked to do a video interview straight after getting up on stage to collect the award, I would love to see the tape!

We’ve come a long way in the past seven years and we’re incredibly proud of our roots – a heritage of anti-corporate independence, striving to put the festival atmosphere, fun and friendship at the heart of our ethos, plus a commitment to staying small, which all continue to this day. 2000trees was started by six friends sat around a camp fire at a major music event, I won’t say which one but if you know us you probably know its name. We were fed up with it all and had an idea…

We started with a blank sheet of paper and a commitment to always look at it from the point of view of a festival fan first. We have remained true to that goal and are driven ever harder to succeed with that vision, due to the loyal and at times overwhelming support of you, our festival ‘family’ of dedicated fans, who arrive each year come rain or shine.

You share our journey both at the event and with social media conversations, likes, shares and comments throughout the year, brightening up the 11 months we’re not in a field at Upcote Farm. And so you share this award with us – the icing on the cake of a good year for the festival.

People have often asked me whether we ever thought we would get this far and honestly, we didn’t even know if we would do a second one because the first was so tough. But we did, we love doing it and we will continue to do so, as long as we get the support of festival-goers who share our vision that small is beautiful.

But we’re always striving to develop the festival further. And one of the best ways we’ve continued to move forward each year is with a good mutual understanding with people who buy our tickets. We listen to all your ideas for new and underground British bands to book, layout improvements and interesting ideas. You guys are LEGENDS and make it all worthwhile, especially at the event itself. And that is surely the best medicine to get us all focused on making 2014 the best year yet.

We have a few surprises up our sleeves for next year and we’ll have more details on these in the New Year… watch this space. Plus we’ll have to rename the secret area in the woods as many of you have now found it!

There will be challenges ahead, especially in a world where corporate sponsorship helps big festivals to overwhelm you with advertising and the lion’s share of media coverage. But as fans of 2000trees you’ve already proved that you can see past all the hype. By supporting a small, independent music festival you are supporting new and underground British music, a wealth of independent traders, the Gloucestershire economy and much more.

Also, I must give a shout out to our weird little sister ArcTanGent Festival, which also won an award in only their first year. Really well done guys.

Finally from me, I’d like to thank all of the people who have helped us this year behind the scenes. You know who you are, we love you and we will welcome you back with open arms next year to make 2014 – our eighth event – better than ever before.

So raise a glass, to enjoying the festive season and thanks to one and all. Roll on the summer!


Andy Rea is one of six friends/founders of 2000trees and by day runs his own company, Redtarn PR & Events.

Why I love 2000trees, by Tom Brunsdon

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‘Trees’ fan Tom Brunsdon has won our competition to write the first ever 2000trees blog. His charm, wit and, well, love of the festival won us over, so he wins a free ticket to next year – our eighth festival. Check out his account of 2000trees fun below and let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Plus check in regularly for the next blog instalment and all our news updates about 2014 – it’s going to be unmissable!  – Andy 2000trees

(Tom Brunsdon at 2000trees in 2009)

2000trees is not just a festival that happens in a field every July in Gloucestershire. For locals like me, once the silent disco headphones have been switched off and the last dregs of Badger’s Bottom have been poured from the kegs, we don’t just pack up our tents and forget about the festival until next year.

We keep our wristbands on for months and when we see each other in the pub, we nod in recognition that we went to the best festival in the country and it took less than 20 minutes to drive there. When we go to gigs in Cheltenham we dig out our tatty old 2000trees t-shirts that have been washed a thousand times and wear them with pride (even though you can barely make out the names of bands that probably split up several years ago).

When Frank Turner cancelled his headline slot in 2009, he made up for it by playing a show for next to nothing at the Cheltenham Town Hall a few weeks later, organised by the ‘trees’ team. We paid our fivers to get in and were treated to a show that in one breath said: “Sorry” and in the other: “But you know that I’ll be back at 2000trees.” And he has – many times. Watching him tear through ‘Love, Ire & Song’ in the Cave on Thursday night last year proved that 2000trees just keeps on giving you those spine-tingling moments.

At the festival we often make spur of the moment decisions that lead to wonderful new discoveries. I first saw Bristol folk singer Gaz Brookfield on a soggy Saturday morning in 2011 when some people were busy scooping water out of their tents – I’ve watched him play countless times since. In seven years I’ve seen Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun turn from a gentle, tambourine tapping folk band playing in Rise Records in Cheltenham, to a relentless touring machine ripping up the main stage.

And then there have been those moments that are shared between mates in a field in the way that only happens at a small festival such as this. Like standing awestruck looking up at the stars on the way to the Greenhouse stage or being played to in a gazebo by two blokes who were wandering around with a guitar and a Cajon drum. We never did catch their names, but they knocked out a mean ‘Hit the road Jack’ as we drunkenly shouted along!

I like the way I see my old school friend doing security in front of the main stage every year. I like the way Thrill Collins play in the bar when the sun has gone down. And I like the way I can bring my own beer, a cheap camping chair and pitch up within a stone’s throw of the main stage year on year. I love the fact that it only takes a few minutes to wander between stages.

I love the fact that through the year we are treated to mini-festivals in Cheltenham called Trees on Fire (or some other festival related pun) where we can watch 2000trees bands past, present and future. And I love the fact that we get asked who we’d like to see on each and every stage. One year my wish came true and The Wave Pictures played in the Leaf Lounge – I watched them from the barrier and pretended that they were booked to play just for me.

So, even when the nights draw in and next summer seems a long, long time away, some of the many bands that have played the festival since it started in 2007 will be playing in the Frog & Fiddle. You can say that you saw them at 2000trees first. Throughout the year we pick up flyers and look at posters in Badlands record shop with the date on. So many Friday afternoons are simultaneously booked off work for the same weekend in July that the local economy in Gloucestershire must come to a standstill when 2000trees is on!

And when that weekend in July finally comes around, we pray for sunshine (but buy a new pair of wellies just in case). We bump into the same faces as we pitch our tents in the same spot we have for years, then open a can of cider and watch our mates’ bands come alive on stages in front of hundreds of people. You just don’t get that at bigger festivals. Then finally, before the headline band bashes out their last few chords on Saturday night, we make sure that we buy another t-shirt to add to our collection. After all, for those who love new and underground music and support local bands, 2000trees is for life, not just for a weekend in July.

Tom Brunsdon is aged 29 and from Cheltenham. His favourite bands are Frank Turner, Billy Bragg and The Wave Pictures. He runs a monthly music fanzine, Behind The Scene Gloucestershire: http://behindthesceneglos.tumblr.com

Survey update and date for your diary

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Ticket winners, new competition and date for your diary.

Oi oi

Hope you’re all keeping warm & dry!?

It’s been a while since we’ve touched your base, so we thought we’d drop you a line to let you know three important snippets of information….

1) Date for your diary
2) Our latest list of ticket winners (from our survey)
3) New ticket competition

First order of business: A date for your diaries!

On the 9th of December at 7pm sharp, you’ll get one final chance to bag next year’s 2000trees tickets at £5 off 2013 prices! Yep that’s right, a whole weekend of fun for a bargain basement £67! These are strictly limited to 500 tickets so why not buy yourself or your loved ones something amazing for Christmas this year!?

Stick it in your diaries now! 9th Dec 2013 at 7pm & invite your friends to this here Facebook Event.  Link will be up on the 2000trees website/ Facebook at 7pm sharp. Do not miss out.

Second order of business: Survey ticket winners!

Thanks loads to everyone who completed our survey – it really does help us make changes to keep on improving your festival!  We’ll let you know more details of what we’re changing at 2000trees in the new year, so stay tuned!

As promised we said we’d pick 10 winners from those of you who completed the survey, who’d each bag a free ticket to next year.  Well without further nonsense, the following lucky people have all won 2014 trees tickets including Early Entry!  Whoooop!

We’ll email you all separately for details of how you can claim your prize!  In no particular order….

Alex Taylor
Simon Tallant
Joe Woods
Luly Weaver
Heather Smith
Sarah Morris
Sophie Riding
John Freeborn
Amy Spencer
Jess Lishman

And Finally…

Fancy winning more tickets?  Well then, blog us up!

We’re about to launch an ‘Access All Areas’ blog on the website to bring you a range of voices, views and news, featuring guest contributors.  The whole idea is, as the name suggests, to offer you a look behind the scenes of how 2000trees is made.

We’ll update it regularly with all manner of 2000trees related things so you can watch the festival develop over the year.

But hold on, WE WANT YOU to be the first guest blogger – the best 5 entries will win a ticket to next year’s festival & the best 1 will bag the blog spot!

Just send a one sentence blog idea to press@twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk. We’ll pick a winner & 4 runners up and then ask the winner to write a short blog to go up in pride of place on the trees website.

It could be a story of your favourite trees band, an anecdote of your favourite memory at 2000trees, a lowdown on your favourite new band or anything else you can think of – the blog is your lobster as they say!

Well that’s that for now…. remember, remember the 9th of December and you could get your hands on £5 off 2014 tickets!

Toodle pip y’all

Andy, Bren, James, Mark, Rob and Si

2000trees 2014 planning starts here

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Ay caramba amigos!

It’s official. We’re banning the phrase ‘it always rains at trees’! What a scorcher.

Just a quickie to let you know about reduced ticket prices for next year (for a limited time), our survey to WIN tickets and ArcTanGent Festival next month.

2014 tickets at £5 off!

To say thanks for being such a loyal, amazing & friendly bunch, we’re giving you the chance to snap up next year’s ticket for £5 less than this year.  So that’s a weekend ticket for £67. Get yours here via the 2000trees website before they all vanish and tell your friends by forwarding this email or posting it on facebook so they don’t miss out!

Please continue to share your stories, photos and videos on our facebook page. We’ll give out prizes if you actually make us laugh out loud!

Complete our Survey to win 2014 tickets (below)…

Talking about prizes… You can win tickets to next year simply by entering our short survey here.  We really do value all your opinions and your answers help us make next year’s festival even hotter!

We’ll put all responders into the hat and pick 10 winners at the end of August.

ArcTanGent Festival

Finally, it’s the first edition of our weird little sister festival ArcTanGent next month down Bristol way.  It’s happening 29th – 31st of August (the week after bank holiday) and tickets are only £59 for a whole weekend of festival fun!  They’ve got some truly amazing bands (see below) and we’ll all be there in force propping up the bar. We’d love to meet you for a nice cold beer, so get your tickets here and we’ll see you there!?

Big love,
Andy, Bren, James, Mark, Rob and Si

2000trees HQ

For those about to rock, we salute you!

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Have you seen the fricking weather?? Sunshine all the way baby!  Well, we were owed a dry year!

Looks like we’re in for a reet good do!  That’s Yorkshire for “a jolly marvelous time” in case you don’t speak Yorky!

Anyhoo, last email before we get sucked into the whirlwind.

Just to let you know there are a few tickets left for you stragglers. Get ’em here now and come get yourself a suntan.

There will be tickets available on the door and a few day tickets, but you might as well buy them in advance from the 2000trees website so you get into the site quicker!

We’ve been chilling the beer for a few days now, so it should be totally icy by the time you rock up.

All that’s left to say is, bring your shorts, flip flops and sun tan lotion.  Oh and make sure you drink plenty of water (as well as cider), we don’t want any people going down with sunstroke!

Finally, look out for our brand new secret area, games a plenty, and other unprogrammed activitites/ sets from some of your favourite trees acts…

This. Is. Gonna. Be. Awesome!

We’ll see you down the front in a couple of days.

Team 2000trees

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