Tuesday, 26 July 2016

2000 Trees Festival 2016 / Highlights & Photos


If there is one thing the UK does brilliantly, it's music festivals. This year one of my partners favourite bands The King Blues were playing at a local festival so I grabbed up some bargain day tickets and headed to 2000 Trees on the edge of the Cotswold's.
2000 Trees celebrated it's 10th Birthday this year and is home to lot's of new and underground acts. If you like undiscovered indie, rock and heavy metal then this is the one for you.
Masses of tents could be seen after we parked and I felt a pang of jealousy. Camping really rounds up the whole festival experience but we were only there for the day. The next thing I noticed was how small it was. In 2006 I went to Reading Festival which is obviously much bigger. Being smaller is definitely a positive. If you want to see an act on the main stage followed by someone playing on the Forest stage at the other end then you will be there within 10 minutes tops. This was great as I did a lot of going back and fourth between all the stages that day.

2000 Trees Festival 2016 / Highlights & Photos
The chilled out Forest stage
The chilled out Forest stage
A massive bonus of going to a local, smaller festival is the price. You could have a fairly decent holiday abroad with the price of a Glasto ticket but my day ticket for 2000 Trees Festival cost me around £38 plus they offer various discount codes if you look for them. Bargain! Especially if you are looking for some new music that isn't quite so mainstream. 2000 Trees also has some pretty awesome acts. Kids in Glass Houses, Nine Black Alps and Funeral for a Friend have performed there in the past.

Festivals are homes to randomness. I saw a group dressed as tennis players have a quick game whilst the next band set up, then a nurse give CPR to a giant blow up dinosaur.
My partner was chuffed he got to meet Itch from The King Blues after he played his acoustic set. I even gave him a packet of chocolate orange seeds (the only food I had on me) as he was raising donations for homeless people in Bedford.
Time for Tennis
Time for Tennis
The King Blues playing a little later on
The King Blues playing a little later on
As a vegetarian I am usually limited to the one or two stores that sell chips but I was spoilt for choice here with many places serving glorious vegan friendly grub. I had a "Roast Dinner in a Cup". Basically a soup made of your usual roast veg, a bit of gravy and stuffing on top with a dollop of mint sauce. I then had a massive Hummous Meze Box.

Before we left we watched metal band While She Sleeps. I liked a few of their songs but I was really impressed as how entertaining the lead singer was. Many people just play their guitar and bob along but this guy was going crazy, climbing up the scaffolding to the roof and laying down whilst still singing then tackling a music tech to the floor followed by a spot of crowd surfing. He really engaged with the audience, creating a "wall of death" and a mosh pit that literally had people running through and around the tent. It was chaos. I stood well back and still got pushed around a little. Not so fun.

Loving The Lafontaines
Loving The Lafontaines
At the end of the day I left happy and fulfilled. I was glad I did not camp as I would have been bored due to the size of it. I would happily return in the future but for now I am investigating other lesser known festivals. The Secret Garden is number one on my festival bucket list.

Have you been to 2000 Trees? What festival would you love to go to?


Helen x 


19 comments:

  1. This sounds so much fun! I used to go to a lot of music festivals in the past, but they didn't ahve vegan food, only fried sausages with mustard and bread :) Vegan plus metal sounds like a paradise to 16-year-old me!

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    1. Veganism has increased massively recently so I think caterers have cottoned onto this so now cater a little better. I love having options. Usually I don't.

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  2. Love local festivals. This one looks quite fun - thanks for sharing with us your time there!

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    1. Music festivals are great, especially one's on your doorstep.

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  3. I think I'm too old for a festival now lol, well for camping! Looks fun though. How did you manage with the toilets? Were there any showers?

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    1. The portaloos were cleaned very often and I was lucky enough to go in a freshly cleaned one Weidly it smelt like very chemically cherry bakewells.
      Didn't notice any showers though.

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  4. I love the king blues! I'm a vege too but I'm so glad there are more and more vegan and vege options at festivals now 😄 Ree Love30

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  5. Looks like you had so much fun!

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    1. It was a good day. I would have got bored if I had stayed longer though.

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  6. Looks like fun. As a Canadian, I am always under the impression that the UK has some great festivals.

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    1. It is one of the few things the UK does really well.

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  7. Never been to a festivals. Looks good

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    1. You should definitely head to a festival. There are so many now catering for all tastes and social groups (IE family friendly festivals etc)

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  8. Wow, what a fun unique event.
    I've never been to one, or at least I can't remember if I ever did anymore. :)

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    1. Haha! I think you would remember at least parts of it :P

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  9. A couple of my friends went to 2000 Trees & had an amazing time, it's on my list to check out!
    Thanks for sharing a lovely review :) xx

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    1. It was fun. I don't have the money to try all the festivals on my to do list haha!

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    2. It was fun. I don't have the money to try all the festivals on my to do list haha!

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