Phestival are incredibly lucky, in that when we can’t make a festival ourselves, we’re pretty much guaranteed to have a friend around who has attended themselves. Today’s ‘struck gold on the reviews front’ comes from Adam, who recently went to 2000 Trees. 2000 Trees is a small, independent music festival that chose to strip back corporate sponsorship and high ticket prices in favour of putting the festival-goer first. With a line up that featured 65DaysofStatic, Guillemots, Summer Camp, Pulled Apart by Horses and Future of the Left it was bound to sell out. It did, and it welcomed over 5000 people through the gates this July. Here’s what Adam made of his time there:
2000 Trees is, without a doubt, the best festival I’ve ever been to – Not even the mud could put a dampener on festivities.This year was the sixth edition of the festival, the third I’ve been to (which I suspect will become four next year), and it seems to improve year on year. Having stewarded the festival in the past and having an excellent time, I was keen to experience it as a punter – to see how it differed, and to see how it’d be without scheduling bands around the shifts I’d have to complete.
I, of course, had an incredible time. In terms of size it’s pleasantly small and, despite recent increases in capacity, doesn’t feel overcrowded at all. The camp site was still relatively spacious and I didn’t feel like I had any difficulty moving from stage to stage across the arena.
There’s a nice variety in acts across the 4 stages, which is reflected in a great variety of (well-priced) food stalls throughout the site. It’s refreshing to be able to go to a festival and not feel like you have to fork out a lot of money just to eat.
The general atmosphere at the festival is wonderful, with the overwhelming majority of attendees just enjoying their weekend without any kind of hassle. There was almost a fight during Hundred Reasons’ set, but as soon as the disagreement began it was swiftly broken up. By a man in a dress. Who continued to sing along while doing this. It’s just that kind of place.
So, if men in dresses resolving conflict, cheap prices, a friendly atmosphere and a decent line up that would please just about anybody is your thing – get yourself a ticket for 2000 Trees Festival 2013, I’ll see you there.
Visit the 2000 Trees website HERE.