Festival Review // 2000trees Festival // Cheltenham // 12.07.12 – 14.07.12
Well it seems like a lifetime ago I was there but to sum up, if you want a weekend of mud, heavy drinking and toilets that you wouldn’t enter to escape a sex-depraved bear, then go to a festival. If you want great music, a friendly loving atmosphere and fantastic food to go with some of those things then you should go to 2000trees.
The weekend was certainly a muddy one with rivers of brown slop running down the hill to the main stage but it didn’t stop people enjoying themselves or for that matter mud wrestling. I saw many acts across all 4 stages that 2000 trees offered and the quality of the acts has only got better over the years. Not that it was ever bad, in fact that’s the thing with 2000 trees they do excel at finding the best acts they can from all over Britain.
The 4 stages are the main stage for the bigger acts of the weekend, The Cave for the heavier acts, The Leaf Lounge for the mellower acts and The Greenhouse for the acoustic acts. They are all relatively close except the Greenhouse which to be honest was a trek, most of the time though it was worth the workout of walking up the hill. The ticket affair works by offering standard entry for Friday through to Saturday and Early Bird tickets for Thursday entry as well. Thursday offers (as its been for the past 2 years) comedians at the Greenhouse and acts on the Leaf Lounge to. A themed fancy dress competition happens on Saturday night, the theme as voted for by the festival goers on the Facebook page and a silent disco runs to on Friday and Saturday, til 3am, across 3 stages!
The highlights for me were The Futureheads accapella set, Stealing Sheep, Summer Camp, Andy Oliveri, Goodnight Lenin and Joe Summers to name but a few. I even was lucky enough to catch up with a few of the acts for a chat about, well, what they do really. Take a look below: