2000 Trees Festival – 10 Bands You Must See!

2000 trees festival

2000 Trees Festival, held at Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire, has grown and grown in popularity ever since it’s birth in 2007. Started by six friends who wanted to create a cheap festival where people could see their favourite bands; the festival has seen some big names such as Alkaline Trio, Deaf Havana, Arcane Roots and Funeral for A Friend.

They have also allowed smaller acts a stage for success, many of which have done so, including Milk Teeth, Gnarwolves, Creeper and Moose Blood. Set in a forest during the peak of summer; 2000 Trees is an idyllic setting for live music to thrive; old and new.

10 Bands You Must See at 2000 Trees Festival

  1. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

Need I say more. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes have been the name on everyone’s tongue this year; their tour earlier was incredibly well recieved by fans and are a bloody crazy bunch live. The frontman is captivating and energetic; commanding the crowd from the moment he steps on stage.

  1. Lower Than Atlantis

The British rock band have developed a high profile themselves over the past few years. Their blend of pop punk and rock is a joy to behold; something for old and young. I expect to see a great set from them.

  1. Black Peaks

They have been in the spotlight recently with their debut album ‘Statues’ being stunningly received by Kerrang!, RockSound and Metal Hammer. The mix of Prog Rock and Post-Hardcore gives us an ever-changing, experimental and often captivating style which is fresh and exciting. One to watch for sure.

  1. Slaves

The main headline band sees two Southerners; one crazy drummer and the other a direct and beefy vocalist. ‘Cheer Up London’ is bound to get the crowd going wild with it’s raw punk infused with indie.

  1. Young Guns

The UK Rock band have a large back catalogue of bangers to unleash at 2000 Trees. ‘Crystal Clear’, ‘I Want Out’, ‘Bones’ and ‘Rising Up’ just to name a few. They have announced a UK headline tour at the end of the year and this is sure to be a good warm up show and get the fans rallied up.

  1. Puppy

The new UK metal band have seen a nice reception from their 90s inspired riffing. Heavy influences from CKY and Nirvana; they encorporate grungier tuning into their work and stoner-esque vocals. It screams nostalgia.

  1. Fizzy Blood

The even newer Rock’n’Rollers radiate good vibes with every tune; with ‘I’m No Good’ sounding like Queens of the Stone Age.  ‘Pawn’ sounds more like classic Rock’N’Roll as does ‘January Sun’. I think we’re past the point of a defined genre here.

  1. Milestones

The band have garnered an impressive reputation for their meaningful lyrics and rockier choruses. An infusion of pop-punk and rock; they know how to get a crowd going and make an impression supporting Mayday Parade and Simple Plan.

  1. Kamikaze Girls

I saw this punk duo support Gnarwolves on their headline tour a few weeks ago and they’re punk as hell. The duo are tight and consistant; with lyrics dealing with mental health and addiction. It captivates people and leaves a lasting impression.


The upcoming rock band have shown their ability to mix it up with their latest album; ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair.’ (2017), with a grungier feel to it. They are well known in the Midlands and the frontman Griffin Dickinson knows how to command a moshpit or two; I saw them support Trivium last Christmas in Birmingham and they saw a good reception.


2000 Trees Festival will take place at  Upcote Farm – 6/7/8 July 2017. Tickets are available from the 2000 Trees Festival web site.

 Preview: Neale Hayes
Photographs: Andy Watson, Chris Bowley, Neale Hayes, Steve Kilmister.

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