2000trees celebrated it’s 10th birthday this year with an all-out extravaganza in it’s usual Cotswolds location on Upcote Farm. For the uninitiated, 2000trees is a festival for new and underground rock music with a capacity of 5,000 revellers. This year, it took place between the 7th and 9th July, and we got our hands on a VIP Camping ticket to go and see what it was all about. Turns out it’s amazing and is certainly this author’s favourite festival on the calendar.
Headlined by The Bronx, Twin Atlantic and Refused, the 10th bithday of 2000trees (or Trees X as it was also known) was utterly perfect, not least because of the work of the great names at the top of the bill. But they were the headliners – of course they were going to be phenomenal and they really truly were. The Bronx destroyed The Cave, Twin Atlantic got everyone feeling good and positive and Refused just came to party, but there’s more to a festival than headliners. Here are our top 7 things at 2000trees that made it so great.
1: The food
Let’s start with the food. Where do we start with the food? The food was incredible. Festivals are renowned for overpriced single slices of hurriedly made pizza or subpar hot dogs that are almost as nice to eat as they are to look at, but not at 2000trees. You want Greek gyros? That’s right over there. How about a goats cheese, walnut and honey grilled cheese. Just next to The Cave stage. Buttermilk chicken? You got it. And it’s not just the dinner items – for breakfast you can get all manner of fry ups, bacon baps with added goodness or vegan dishes if you are so inclined. Then the variety of snacks too – wedges of fresh watermelon, Mars bar crepes, ice cream – it’s all there. And wearen’t talking £9 for the privilege either. This is all sensibly priced and ready in great time. There’s just one problem though – you will have a hard time choosing. First world problems never tasted so good.