2000 Trees Festival 2016: Bands Not To Miss

The Cotswold Hills 5000 capacity festival 2000 Trees returns for it’s 10 Year Extravaganza in 2016 with a huge line-up including headliners Twin Atlantic and Refused. The Gloucestershire multi-day music weekend has focused more on punk and rock music more than ever this year, and boast a huge amount of up and coming bands from the UK and beyond.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the artists playing that you should keep an eye out for, and even grabbed them for a chat about the festival and which of the bands they’ll be checking out themselves.


JOHN COFFEY


MAIN STAGE | FRIDAY

The punk attitude of John Coffey, combined with their Every Time I Die style rock was never going to fail and their flawless back catalogue gives them a claim to having one of Europe’s best live shows. Sadly, the Dutch band are going on indefinite hiatus so don’t miss one of the last chances to see them – or you WILL regret it.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Christoffer van Teilingen (Guitar): Three things! 1.Seeing some mates we’ve made the last couple of years in the UK. 2.A sunny day on a UK festival, cause I’ve never had one… Fingers crossed! 3. I hope they have a bar where we can drink stout beer. Love it. Drinking up, or what!!!???
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
CvT: This is probably one of the last shows we’re doing in the UK before going on a indefinite hiatus in September. So if you want to see what John Coffey has got, your time is now!
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
CvT: It’s a sick line up with The Bronx, Basement etc. But I can only choose one, so I’m going for for Black Peaks! We’ve become good friends with them and besides making ripping music the guys in the band are the best!



ZOAX


THE CAVE | SATURDAY

As unusual as it sounds, Zoax will make you shake your hips to their heavy riffs – vocalist Adam Carroll will literally pick you out of the crowd and get you moving. The London based band are unique and only seeing them will truely reveal their inexplicable sound, and their excellent self-titled debut full-length has all the songs to turn them into the biggest band playing at 2000 Trees this weekend.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Zoax: The Bronx because they are the best band on the planet.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Zoax: Because it would be really poo if we were literally only playing to 2000 trees. Plus, we will have unicorns at the show.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Zoax: The Bronx because they are the best band on the planet.



PUPPY


THE AXIOM | SATURDAY

London trio Puppy are hotly tipped to be one of the bright stars of the new rock generation with their different take on grunge influenced metal. The mysterious band keep themslelves to themselves so you’ll have to get to The Axiom on Saturday afternoon to see what the 90s throwback band are really all about.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Puppy: Some of our friends are gonna be playing; Kagoule and Yuck namely, so it’ll be fun to hang out with them and run around watching bands. It’s a great line up so there’s gonna be plenty of stuff to keep us entertained.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Puppy: I mean hopefully they might have heard some of our stuff before and liked it. We’re a fairly new band so I guess there’ll be a small amount of people who have and others who are just wondering around taking a punt on seeing people play. Hopefully they’ll all be moved to tears by a magnificent performance. Either that or we’ll be in tears because we fuck it up so bad. Won’t know until the day I guess.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Puppy: Probably Refused I reckon. They’re such a great band and I never thought I’d get a chance to see them. It’s gonna pop off I reckon.



WSTR


THE CAVE | SATURDAY

Liverpool pop-punks WSTR may only have one EP under their belt, but they’ve taken their fun all over Europe and are gradually standing out as a new force for the genre. Get raspy, upbeat melodies inside you in The Cave on Saturday and they might even throw in a little Limp Bizkit number, just for you.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Kieren Alder (Guitar): We haven’t played a camping festival since around this time last year which was super fun, and there’s also a bunch of bands we’re good friends with playing too so we’re dead excited to just hang out and catch up with everyone again all weekend!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
KA: People should come check us out because every show we put on is always just a lot of fun – at least for us it is anyway, and from what we hear it is for everybody else too! Unless they’re just lying and pretending to be nice. There might be inflatables too.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
KA: I’m really looking forward to seeing Basement. Swifty actually got me into them a while back but I never got the chance to see them since they went on hiatus. But now they’re back so I’m made up about that!



BLACK PEAKS


THE CAVE/THE FOREST STAGE (ACOUSTIC) | THURSDAY

The release of debut record ‘Statues’ back in April put Black Peaks firmly on the map as not just a potential ridden new band, but actual contenders for album of the year and a big draw at festivals like 2K Trees. There’s progessive rock, post-hardcore, nu-metal, and god knows what else packed into these songs but if even that doesn’t do it for you then singer Will Gardner has a fantastic moustache.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Will Gardner (Vocals): The whole festival is going to really great, the vibe is just excellent. I think playing an acoustic set on the forest stage is going to be something pretty special too . The line-up this year is just ridiculous as well. Such a great festival.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
WG: This is going to be a huge show ….the sound in that tent is absolutely fantastic and we think/hope we will sound huge. We also like to think that we don’t really sound like anyone else out there at the moment which cant be a bad thing, so come hear some new music.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
WG: Well sadly we are only going to be there for the Thursday of the festival so we will miss the majority of the festival.
We are big fans of The Bronx so hopefully we will get to see those guys after we play.



CROOKS


MAIN STAGE | FRIDAY

Local boys Crooks are in for quite the homecoming after their successes as of late. If you saw the Cheltenham post-hardcore band on their tour run supporting Coheed & Cambria and Glassjaw, then you’ll know the emotional energy that will be conveyed on stage. One for fans of La Dispute and Being As An Ocean.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Alex Pay (Guitar/Vocals): As local boys to the festival, we’ve grown up going to it. For us to not only be playing it, but playing on the main stage is such a great feeling.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
AP: Our shows are always filled with energy and passion, with this being a stage we’ve wanted to play since the start of the band, it will be a special one to come and watch.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
AP: There’s so many great bands playing this year, it’s hard to pick the one I’m looking forward to the most. I will be checking out The Bronx, Moose Blood, Andy Oliveri, Creeper, Jim Lockey, Basement and of course Refused!



BLOOD YOUTH


THE CAVE | SATURDAY

Aggressive hardcore with sing-a-long choruses make Blood Youth one of the heaviest bands on over the festival weekend and certainly one worth your full attention. Latest EP ‘Closure’ was a real message to the big boys of the genre that this Harrogate band mean business and you should get feisty with them in The Cave come Saturday.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Chris Pritchard (Guitar): Just the new experiences, we’ve heard amazing things about 2000 Trees before, but we’ve never played it or even been to it as individuals before so to get to play it this year is super cool, especially when the line up is as sick as it is this year! And we’ve also got a hell of a lot of friends on the bill this year too so it’s going to be a massive hang!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
CP: We’re still a new name on the block, with still a lot to prove. And we know that, which is why there are no boundaries at our shows for us. We come out swinging every single time and at the end of our set you’ll know!
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
CP: Personally for me i’m stoked to be able to see And So I Watch You From Afar and Animals As Leaders. Two bands without vocals, haha! I like nerding out and watching guitarists. But if we want to choose a band with a vocalist, probably our friends in Neck Deep, just because they kill it every time.



MONARKS


THE AXIOM | FRIDAY

The stellar line-up of 2000 Trees has so much upcoming British talent on it that you’re sure to uncover a hidden gem that you’ve never encountered before. Monarks are on very early on Friday but are worth getting in for if you’re into alternative rock with an arena-ready sound and layered depth in the effortlessly catchy riffs.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Monarks: We have followed 2000 Trees for the last couple of years and have always loved a lot of the bands that end up playing. Over the last couple of years we have been dying to get on the line-up so when we got asked to play this year we were extremely excited, especially after seeing that some of our favourite bands will be playing including Twin Atlantic and Vant. What we’re most looking forward to is playing to our first festival crowd, playing new material for the first time and then watching as many bands as possible – Refused have some pretty massive riffs too which we don’t want to miss.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
Monarks: This will be our first festival performance and we’re going to give it our all. We have some brand new songs which we are looking forward to playing which we are just finishing up now. We’re the opening act on the second day of the festival so start the day off right by catching our raw and energetic set.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
Monarks: Twin Atlantic are one of the bands we have followed for a long time and have seen a lot of their live sets, so we are hoping that they will be giving us a preview of some new unreleased material. VANT are a new band that we are big fans of and we’re looking forward to seeing them live for the first time. Other acts we’re curious to see include Tigercub, Black Peaks, and we’re also hoping that The Xcerts will treat us to some new music.



BRAWLERS


MAIN STAGE | FRIDAY

Leeds punk rockers Brawlers are back with their brand new ‘Black EP’ and have developed even more of a Fuck You attitude than we could have imagined. Catchy, no frills, beer drinking fast songs are the aim of the game for the Friday Main Stage band and are the perfect afternoon anecdote to the inevitable rain.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Harry Johns (Vocals): It was one of the highlights of our first year as a band when we played two years ago; it’s just a beautiful, well-run festival full of great friendly people. I’d go there even if they didn’t put bands on…
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
HJ: Because we’ll probably be headlining the main stage next year, so you can be one of the cool kids who saw us play really early on in the day.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
HJ: Augustines because they write superb songs and John Coffey because I’ve heard only great things about them this year.



TERRIBLE LOVE


THE CAVE | SATURDAY

Brand new post-hardcore mob Terrible Love boast members of Grappler, Bastions and Funeral For A Friend, which should be enough to tell you the carnage that’ll be seen early doors in The Cave on Saturday. Expect singer Jonathan Desmond to be in and amongst the people howling down that microphone.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Jon Desmond (Vocals): I’ve personally always loved 2000 Trees, there’s a consistently good vibe to the whole festival and the lineup is particularly enticing this year.
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
JD: This will be our first UK festival appearance and we’ll be making the most of it. Expect new music and a lot of sweat.
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
JD: Refused, because it’s fucking Refused!



BARE KNUCKLE PARADE


FOREST STAGE | THURSDAY

If you’re looking for something different from the punk and rock offerings, then Bare Knuckle Parade might be up your street who will be bringing their brand of their indie folk-rock for all those with Thursday early entry. The Bath band write drinking songs for the masses and prove an ideal alternative for those not too hot on And So I Watch You From Afar and The Bronx.

What the band had to say:

DP!: What are you most looking forward to about 2000 Trees?
Jamie Beale (Vocals/Banjo): Just being at the festival, we played it last year and it’s one of our favourite festivals in the country – everyone has a great appreciation for new music and that’s cool as fuck!
DP!: Why should people come and check you out?
JB: Because live is where it’s at with our music, it’s the perfect environment for what we do!
DP!: Which band are you most looking forward to seeing and why?
JB: Twin Atlantic or Mallory Knox – because great songs!


2000 Trees Festival hits Upcote Farm, Cheltenham on 7th-9th July, and you can keep up to date with the festival and see the full line-up on Facebook and the official website official website.

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef).

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