Founded in 2014 and already smashing huge festivals such as Download, SXSW, and Korea’s Zandari Festa, Fizzy Blood have put themselves thoroughly on the alternative music map in their three years as a band. Continuing their festival streak with a spot on the Neu stage at this year’s 2000trees festival, their success comes as no surprise as soon as you get a listen of their unique brand of “weird, exciting, fuzzy rock and roll.”
★★★★★ – An eclectic mix of weird and wonderful, Saturday brought the heavy-hitters of the alternative music scene – finishing up the festival on an impressive high.
The final day of 2000trees was host to many things. I’ve mentioned previously the perchance for sunburnt bodies and people that had only seen the back of a wet wipe maybe once judging by their smell – but now thrown into the mix was the infamous fancy dress date, a whole new bunch of ridiculous bands, and interestingly enough, a wedding. Surprisingly, it isn’t the first time that it’s happened either, with the woodland location and screaming masses inspiring a special kind of love. That’s nice isn’t it?
★★★★★ – Sweaty and hectic, Friday continued to build on Thursday’s rad line up, offering some unique performances and amazing sets in spectacular fashion.
The second day of 2000trees proved to be just as hot, if not hotter, than the first – resulting in a lot of comedy tan lines as I wondered around the site. Drumstick-striped bodies aside, Friday offered another incredible line up of performances with everything from folk to metal cropping up over the various stages.
★★★★★ – All in all, the first day of 2000trees was a wonderful introduction to what the little festival in the woods was all about.
Landing firmly on its feet in the middle of a heat wave, this year’s 2000trees was an absolute scorcher. With bands for every niche of the alternative scene, mouth-watering food stands on every corner, and a whole host of entertainment for the masses, it wasn’t just the weather that was on point: the 11th iteration of the festival proved to be as big and brash as ever.
As with most festivals, 2000trees boasts mainstage acts that many will be familiar with – whether that be the punk stylings of Slaves or the melodic pop rock of Lower Than Atlantis. Getting in the biggest names coming to the alt-rock scene is their specialty, offering a particular brand of bands in the process. With accolades for being ‘The Most Friendly Festival’ and being voted as having ‘The Best Toilets’ (with the state of most of them this one is maybe less impressive), as well as being proactively environmentally aware, 2000trees is more than just the music in many senses of the phrase.
Coming into its 11th year of celebrating alternative music from across the globe, this year’s 2000trees Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever. Returning to Upcote Farm in Cheltenham, the festival is placed perfectly in the centre of the Cotswolds’ ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, taking full advantage of its namesake through the charming woodland setting.
Grad Ball is always a controversial subject in the run-up to the event. With students unsure of the venue, the acts, and the ticket pricing every year, it was a bold move for 2017’s committee to choose our very own Union as the site for the end of year festivities. Fortunately, it was one that entirely paid off.