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.
The UK’s biggest and best film festival for all things horror is bringing back the scares for another year this August bank holiday.
FrightFest returns with a line-up as monstrous as it is magnificent, with Cineworld Leicester Square as the hunting ground for all things spooky. London’s West End will be home to 63 films over the four day event, including 17 World, 20 European, and 17 UK premieres in total. With five continents represented and a massive 14 countries with submissions, weird is definitely going worldwide in 2017’s festival.
A behind the scenes video has been released detailing Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets‘ creation, with exclusive comments from director Luc Besson.
Besson details with fond memory his first experience of the graphic novel in the three and a half minute clip, remarking that Valerian was the film he always dreamed of making: ‘I’ve waited my entire life to make this film, and the journey has been amazing.’ You can take a glimpse of this journey below in a special behind the scenes montage of Besson’s mindset in the run up to the film’s release.
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.
★★★★☆ – Jessica Williams’s infectious fun spreads far and wide in The Incredible Jessica James.
Embodying all things empowering and unapologetically herself, Jessica James serves as one of those rare characters that is entirely real. A curvaceous body, a bodacious attitude, and a capricious way of living her life – Jessica is the epitome of a feminist woman, not bound by society’s expectations of appearance and actions and just being herself.
★★★★☆ – Chasing Coral is a disturbing insight into the world of coral bleaching, and the disastrous consequences of global warming on our planet.
A heart-wrenching documentary on humans’ impact on the natural world, Jeff Orlowski reveals in painstaking detail the life and death of corals in a modern climate, and consequentially, their disappearance from our oceans.
★★★☆☆ – Bushwick is a fast-paced suicide run through race relations, class wars, and plenty of other social topics.
With Dave Bautista helming the explosive action-thriller, Bushwick is an intense imagining of the London suburb coming under fire from mysterious military forces. Opening with grad student Lucy (Brittany Snow) emerging into an abandoned tube station with her boyfriend, it isn’t long until they discover that they’ve stumbled into a warzone.