Gloucestershire’s 2000trees Festival will feature two ‘bigger and better’ new stages named in tribute to now fallen music venues in Cheltenham and Bristol. It is also backing the national campaign to save independent music venues from closure.
The Axiom stage, named after a famous former music spot in Cheltenham will feature the very best new and underground rock and indie music including Wolf Alice who recently featured on the front cover of NME. While The Croft, named after a similar venue in Bristol, will see more acoustic and folk acts performing.
There will also be a new wooded area called Forest Sessions at the award-winning festival, taking the total to six stages plus three busking boxes for the public to perform on too.
The festival will be headlined by BAND OF SKULLS, FRIGHTENED RABBIT and DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP. It features 90 bands, comedy, Silent Disco, family fun, quality food and drink and much more, and takes place at Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham, on July 10-12.
Founder James Scarlett backed the ‘Save our Venues’ campaign which is gathering speed across the UK and promised the changes will make ‘amazing new additions’ to the festival.
“Many of the UK’s independent music venues are under serious threat which is a really big problem for the industry,” he said. “We want to highlight this by naming our new stages in tribute to important local venues that have sadly already closed.”
“These are the places where acts like Frank Turner and Frightened Rabbit cut their musical teeth and without them the UK music scene will be further flooded by major label signings and X-Factor winners.
“We urge music fans to support their local venues and their local festivals too. Either use them or lose them.”
Last year 2000trees Festival scooped the Grass Roots Award at the UK Festival Awards. Tickets are still available but organisers limit capacity to 5,000 people to keep the intimate, friendly, feel good fun element that large mainstream festivals cannot provide.
For tickets, to listen to the line-up, or further information visit www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
New and underground music
10-12 July 2014 – plus Early Entry tickets available for Thursday 10 July
Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham, GLOS. GL54 4BL
Created by a group of friends in 2007, 2000trees was borne out of frustration with the ever increasing corporate sponsorship and ‘musical merry-go-round’ nature of the larger mainstream British festivals.
Disillusioned by extortionate ticket prices and over-priced food and drink, this band of festival veterans vowed to take matters into their own hands and in true punk rock style set about developing the perfect antidote.
Upcote Farm has previously played host to Frank Turner, Dan le Sac v Scroobius Pip, Bombay Bicycle Club, Los Campesinos!, Pulled Apart By Horses, Tribes, Frightened Rabbit, The Subways, Goldheart Assembly and Tall Ships – to name but a few.
The festival won the Grass Roots Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards 2010 – voted for by festival fans. In the Awards’ words:
“Often the best small festivals spring from an organic labour of love and a long-time dream which has been shared by thousands more. These festivals should be celebrated, not just for the courage and vision shown by their organisers, but also because they never forget where they’ve come from, supporting their local communities and new music along the way while retaining an independent spirit and resisting commercial saturation.”
2000trees is also ‘A Greener Festival Award’ winner for its dedication to being one of the UK’s greenest festivals, set within the stunning backdrop of Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham.