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Preview: 2000 Trees Festival 2022

Carrie Humphries


Covid may have ruined festival fun for the best part of two years, but 2000 Trees is back with a bang in 2022. The award-winning festival returns to its spiritual home, Upcote Farm near Cheltenham on 7th – 9th July, with a gargantuan lineup to boot. Offering six stages of the best new and underground music, the festival has something to suit all music tastes.

Early entry tickets are available for Wednesday night, and promises some sneaky sets from the likes of 2000 Trees favourites Pulled Apart by Horses, Black Foxxes, Dave McPherson and Andy Oliveri on the new and improved Forest and Word stages. For those who want to camp in style throughout the weekend, there are several options available including pre-pitched tents in Tangerine Fields, beautiful bell tents with Karma Kanvas and vintage and upcycled offerings with Vintents.

Thursday sees the music beginning bright and early at 10am, and in addition to headliners Jimmy Eat World, you can expect to see Creeper, Crossfaith, Royal Republic and Lonely The Brave, to name but a few. Thursday also sees the fan-favourite silent disco begin after the live music ends, and this runs every night of the main festival from 11pm.

American alternative rock band Thrice, and punk band Turnstile head up Friday’s proceedings for a loud and proud double bill on the Main Stage. For something a little more chilled, check out The Axiom for sets from Young Guns, Laura Jane Grace and Chapter and Verse; or for something new, Vukovi, Bob Vylan and The Hara are playing on the Neu stage.

Saturday is fancy dress day; so let’s see your crazy costumes for this year’s theme Legendtrees! Bristolian punk-rockers Idles and Surrey alternative rock band You Me at Six are headlining, with Nova Twins, The Regrettes and Mclusky all making appearances throughout that day. If you like your music heavy, then be sure to check out the Cave to catch Deez Nuts and Blood Command.

During the weekend, lucky fans will catch exclusive stripped-back and secret sets dotted across the festival site, so be sure to keep your eyes open for those, as they will be very special indeed. There will also be the best in local tasty food and drink producers keeping everyone fed and watered throughout.

If you want to check out this friendly, independent festival in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, then you should get a move on as there are less than eight weeks to go and with very limited tickets remaining for the full weekend, it is bound to sell out soon. For tickets and more information, please check out the 2000 Trees website.