Following its post-Covid awakening last year, 2000 Trees is back for another outstanding event in the heart of the Cotswolds. Soft Play, Bullet for My Valentine and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes are headlining this year’s festival, which runs from 5th – 8th July at the beautiful Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham.
The genre-spanning festival offers sets from rock, indie, punk, metal and alternative artists, along with so much more. For those who were swift enough to purchase early entry tickets, the action begins on Wednesday evening with sets from 2000 Trees favourites Bob Vylan, Holding Absence, Saint Agnes, and Haggard Cat. Wednesday also sees the final set from Croydon’s Press to Meco, who have sadly announced their split.
The full site opens on Thursday, with six stages of astounding music, talks and comedy to choose from each day. For early risers, attendees can enjoy an hour of yoga in the serene woodland setting near the Forest stage each morning, before heading off to enjoy the day’s sets from the likes of Skindred, Eagles of Death Metal, The Joy Formidable, Exit Child and headliners Soft Play (formerly known as Slaves).
There is a plethora of food and drink options available throughout the festival, with delicious offerings from Pommarola (pizza), Castaway Gyros, Smokin Buns and No Frickin Chicken to name but a few. 2000 Trees is also well known for its friendly atmosphere and its commitment to sustainability, and this will continue throughout the latest instalment as the festival teams up with the likes of Ecolibrium, The Association of Independent Festivals and Clean Earth Co to work together to offset carbon emissions.
Friday’s line-up is largely a heavy affair, with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil’s latest side-project Empire State Bastard in The Axiom, Canada’s Cancer Bats in The Cave, and Welsh metallers, Bullet For My Valentine, headlining the Main Stage. For those who love their comedy, also make sure that you check out the Word stage later in the day, which will make you laugh with appearances from Cerys Nelmes, Olga Koch and John Robertson’s The Dark Room.
The final day of the festival goes out with a bang with sets from US rock band Electric Six, industrial rockers Pitchshifter and punk rock headliners Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes. If you want to go to the UK’s best medium sized festival, then you better act fast. With less than 6 weeks left, many of the tickets have already been sold, so it looks set to sell out soon! For tickets and more information, please check out the 2000 Trees website.