Thousands set to flock to Gloucestershire for 2000trees festival
Music lovers are set to descend upon Gloucestershire this week, as the 2000trees festival gets under way.
A celebration of new and underground British music, the festival boasts a line-up including Hundred Reasons, 65daysofstatic, Sonic Boom Six and We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Having originated with six friends sat around a campfire complaining of the state of UK festivals, 2000trees has grown organically from 1,000 people in its first year, 2007, to 4,500 today.
On the festival’s website, the creators complain of “the monolithic beasts (you know who you are) and their ever spiralling ticket prices, poor facilities and pursuit of profit at all costs”.
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The festival, held at Upcote Farm, promotes more than 80 hand-picked acts who are either new on the scene or have been flying below the mainstream radar.
Revellers can also enjoy sheep dog trials, hand-picked local ales and ciders – served in biodegradable cups – and a fancy dress competition. There’s also a wealth of kids activities on offer, including musical instrument making and face painting.
The festival, which is now sold out, also prides itself on serving top-notch affordable, sustainable and free-range food – from Farm Assured organic burgers to wood-fired pizzas.
Festival organisers also keep to a strict green ethos. The festival includes a comprehensive on-site recycling and composting scheme, and in 2009 had the highest percentage recycling rate at any UK festival.
Power and lighting is fuelled by locally-sourced chip-fat biodiesel, and in 2011 organisers ensured that 2000trees saved more than four tonnes of carbon.
All the acts are UK-based, resulting in fewer miles travelled to reach the festival and zero air travel.
In 2008 the festival won the “A Greener Festival” award, bestowed upon those which have demonstrated the ability to promote environmental efficiency and sustainability, and which have coherent green policies. Previous winners include Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals.
And while strict licensing laws mean the music has to stop at 11pm, revellers can head to the Silent Disco King, where hundreds of sets of wireless headphones are on offer.
And good news for those whose love their home comforts - 2000trees was in 2010 awarded 2nd Best Toilets at the UK Festival Awards.
For more information, visit www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk