Ok, so itâ€™s not Glastonbury, but over the last three years 2000 Trees has grown to become quite a well respected little festival. Itâ€™s fourth outing kicks off tomorrow, with early entry for some lucky ticket-holders today.
Held every year at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham, 2000 Trees was started by a group of friends as a reaction to the spiralling costs of the mainstream festivals and the desire to create a more ethical alternative.
2000 Trees is one of the more environmentally-friendly festivals, winning aÂ â€˜Greener Festival Awardâ€™ for its efforts. Electricity is produced from locally sourced bio-fuel, there is onsite recycling, food and drink is locally sourced where possible and there are travel incentives for car sharing and using local transport.
Musically the festival has no restrictions, offering music from various genres including rock, metal, indie, folk and pop, but with an emphasis on promoting home grown talent. TheÂ organizersÂ even hold a Battle of the Bands each year to give local bands a chance to win a slot on the main stage.
This yearâ€™s line-up is headlined by Frank Turner, Metronomy, The Subways and Bombay Bicycle Club with other acts including Kill It Kid, 65Daysofstatic, Maybeshewill, Tubelord, And So I Watch You From Afar, David Goo, Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, and Spotisfaction favourite Men Diamler.
Following a successful day at the festival last year, where we discovered the awesomeness that is Imperial Leisure, Thom and myself are heading there for the entire weekend this year so look for some reviews from us next week (or whenever we recover).