Last month saw 2000trees festival triumph once again – a brilliant and vast blend of upcoming bands, beautiful weather and stand out crowds. Here’s 11 things we won’t forget from this years festival.
1. The Straight Lines conga line:
Not far into Thursday saw these Welsh lads kicking off Thursdays festivities with their ever growing conga line. Always a pleasant show from Straight Lines, they never disappoint.
2. The chaos that was Feed The Rhino:
Early on a Thursday evening and there may already be a record for how many crowd surfers can happen in the space of two minutes. Feed The Rhino easily place themselves as one of the prominent bands of the whole weekend.
3. The forest sessions:
A nice touch by the festival that others lack is a quiet space to come watch your favourite bands stripped down. The surrounding forest makes it feel enchanting and each band a unique performance.
4. Jamie Lenman for being Jamie Lenman:
A gentleman who when not joking around on stage appears around the site, suited up, talking to fans and generally being one of the nice guys of rock ‘n roll.
5. Women bands on the bill:
Where other festivals have only a handful of acts with women it seems 2000trees have felt the need to step up their game. The festival provided a good balance of bands and the support from the crowd didn’t dither either. Alone we caught Muncie Girls, Employed To Serve, Vukovi, Greywind, Kamikaze Girls, Svalbard, Petrol Girls, Rolo Tomassi, Oathbreaker and Milk Teeth!
6. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes set:
Franks desire to see everyone has a good time and to see a music scene evolve for the better positively encourages the crowd. Seeing so many girls unafraid to crowd surf is a wonderful sight. His need to help others has not lessened the man’s menacing appearance but only enhanced it. Don’t mess wth dads with daughters.
7. The underwater theme costumes:
We’ve seen some costumes in our time at festivals but never have we seen such commitment and creativeness. 2000trees brought out some outstanding costumes. The Titanic trio and Deep Sea Diver stood out for us.
8. Palm Reader as a last minute replacement:
The band filled in last minute for Sløtface and absolutely nailed it. Like, nailed it. Despite the weary crowd and little notice of a band change (we saw a bloke walking around with details on a torn piece cardboard) that didn’t stop them from cranking out everything they had.
9. The crowd, of course:
2000trees is wonderfully packed together with the friendliest people and the most loving crowd. Pits even in the smallest of numbers and crowd surfers relentlessly flowing over the barrier. The circle pit around main stage sound desk was quite the sight during Frank Carter.
10. The silent disco:
Split into two sites we spend our time at the rock side but it seemed that no matter where you were around the festival, rock prevailed. Being able to hear the sheer joy of a favourite track being played and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody sang in waves created smiles around the site. 10/10 for nailing the screams at end of Papa Roach’s Last Resort.
11. Every band feeling welcome:
The Xcerts making a wonderful return since their last release in 2014 and the love that flowed through the tent for them. In general, new bands showing everyone their worth (Bad Sign, The One Hundred) and older bands reminding everyone they’re still here (Rolo Tomasi, Young Guns).
It was a weekend filled with joy. We can’t wait for next year.
2000trees Festival 20176/7/8 July, 2017
Photographer: Nadine Ballantyne - www.nadineballantyne.com