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Preview: 2000 Trees Festival 2015

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015 at 9:00 am
 

We’ve all done it. Looked at that empty field down the road on a stuffy summer’s day, with a can in one hand and said, “yeah, I could put a festival on and that place over there would be fucking great. All my favourite bands would play, on the cheap of course, tickets would be tuppence and the cider would blow your bloody head off”.

Of course the difference between most people and the legends at 2000 Trees is that they bonny well went out and did it. And do you know what, it’s gone great.

2015 is set to be the eighth year where revellers descend on sleep Gloucestershire for some folk, fun and fornication and a whole whack of the best UK rock you can get your ears around. This year’s event takes place 9-11 July.

The first announcement for this year’s bash sees rejuvenated six-piece Deaf Havana topping the bill to make their bow at the festival. It’s been a while since the band stopped singing about ‘Friends Like These’ and moved on to a smarter, more mature sounding edge. In fact, their most recent record, Old Souls is testament to their transformation, into the UK’s very own Gaslight Anthem. Sure, James Veck-Gilodi may be one of the harder to like frontmen in Britain at the moment, but if one thing has gone down well at Upcote Farm in the past, it’s been a wholehearted, air-grabbing singalong. Just ask Mr Turner, he’s got a camp named after him. With the assets in Deaf Havana’s armada, it’s pretty obvious these guys will go down brilliantly at Trees.

Joining them on the bill are Arcane Roots, who will have likely be releasing their third studio album this year and went down incredibly well at last year’s bash. That aside, they fulfil the criteria for a Trees band perfectly: just under the radar British talent with incredible riffs and even better beards. Leeds trio Pulled About By Horses, another of those bands whose chaotic live show will surely ensure a rapturous reception from the Trees faithful, is also scheduled to appear.

Lower down the bill are the fantastic, Frank Turner-endorsed Solemn Sun who hail from that part of the woods. So you can expect the kind of hometown heroes welcome they’ll get. Tickets are currently £87 for the 3-day weekend plus fees. For more information, visit the 2000 Trees official Web site.

 

Preview: Wychwood Festival 2015

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 9:30 am
 

The first acts for Wychwood Festival 2015 have been announced by organisers. Legendary reggae band UB40, Scottish brothers The Proclaimers and British vocalist and musician Ghostpoet (pictured above) are among the artists performing at the family-friendly festival.

Held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Wychwood Festival 2015 will take place 29-31 May. Other acts appearing across the weekend include Dreadzone, Electric Swing Circus, Rusty Shackle and Fickle Friends.

Headlining the main stage on the Saturday are the newly-reunited founding members of UB40. Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are expected to perform hits such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Falling in Love With You’. Also playing the main stage on the Saturday are The Proclaimers. The pair, who are best known for tracks including ‘500 Miles’ and ‘I’m on My Way’, most recently worked on a Christmas charity single, a cover of The Farm’s ‘All Together Now’. Meanwhile, 2011 Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet will headline the Big Top Stage on the same night.

Speaking about the announcement, festival director Graeme Merifield said, “We are hugely excited to welcome UB40 (with the exceptionally talented Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue back together) for what I have no doubt will be an incredible Saturday headline performance on our Wychwood main stage.”

Wychwood Festival celebrated its tenth birthday in 2014, which saw performances from the likes of The Boomtown Rats, The Levellers, The Stranglers and Craig Charles. Merifield added, “The tenth birthday celebration this year was an absolute delight and, with this firmly in our mind, Wychwood 2015 is set for even bigger and better things.”

Early bird tickets, which range from £18 to £119, are available until Wednesday, the 31st of December. Further acts are expected to be announced in the new year. You can find out more about Wychwood Festival 2015 on the official Web site.

 

Preview: 2000 Trees Festival 2014

 
By on Tuesday, 4th March 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Prepare to embrace mother earth: I’m talking grabbing her by the grass skirt, jumping in a big muddy puddle and rolling around until you smell a bit compost-y. Sound like your cup of herbal tea? Get yourself heading down south then, to the land of propa’ cider, tractors and a host of other rural clichés – as 2000 Trees (10-12 July) returns to Upcote Farm in Cheltenham.

Established in 2007, the organisers’ mantra was to ensure they didn’t become everything they had grown to hate – this being the corporate commercial entities which they believed most modern festivals had become – the corporate sponsorships and ‘supposed soullessness’ of most major UK festivals. To do so they’ve kept their event true to its now deeply dug roots:
• Maximum 5,000 people
• Locally produced food and drink
• Friendly atmosphere
• A commitment to stay get as close to carbon neutrality as is humanly possible.

With these cornerstones of the festival set, the rest of the weekend is of course focussed on the best live bands available – with every act being personally approved and vetted by the bookings team before being added to the bill. The fruits of this stringent and possibly unique selection process are an eclectic mix, bringing to Cheltenham some of the most exciting live acts doing the rounds at the moment, from a plethora of genres, folk to funk, rock to rap.

Such is the nature of 2000 Trees line-up, that if you were to put a poster up on the wall, throw a dart at the line-up then throw it again, the artist or band it lands on would bear no similarity to the other. While some festivals may target a specific genre a la Download, Sonisphere, etc., 2000 Trees really does cater for most.

Highlights of the bill have to be led by Public Service Broadcasting (pictured at top) – a band whose live show is best described as an aural assault of post-rock goodness, with smatterings of wartime announcements and Chemical Brothers-ish synths.

Since Trees’ inception, Upcote Farm has been a clamour for a Reuben reunion and a performance from the boys – since that doesn’t seem like it’s coming around the corner anytime soon – ex-Reuben man Jamie Lenman will have to do. Bringing with him an almost cult following, his new groove metal album ‘Muscle Memory’ fully showcases the artists immense creativity and eccentricity.

Prog-rockers Tall Ships are also on the bill and are an act not to be missed. Mixing a huge heavy sound with a distinctly minimalist approach, and in this creating a truly unique live experience. One of my favourites Arcane Roots will be appearing across the weekend too, alongside a favourite at the festival – Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – I mean, who won’t lose all of their shit to ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’, yeah?

To book tickets and get all the nitty gritty details, visit the official 2000 Trees Web site.

 

Stereophonics / March 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 21st January 2013 at 4:30 pm
 

Stereophonics have announced a UK tour for March. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9 AM and will be priced at £32.50 each before booking fees. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

The band releases their eighth album ‘Graffiti on the Train’ on the 4th of March on their own Stylus Records label, about a week and a half before the UK tour kicks off in Leicester on Friday the 15th of March.

Friday 15th March 2013 – Leicester De Montford Hall
Saturday 16th March 2013 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Monday 18th March 2013 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 19th March 2013 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 21st March 2013 – Cheltenham Centaur
Friday 22nd March 2013 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Saturday 23rd March 2013 – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 25th March 2013 – Doncaster Dome
Tuesday 26th March 2013 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Wednesday 27th March 2013 – Edinburgh Usher Hall

 

Tall Ships / October 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 at 1:30 pm
 

Tall Ships, recently profiled by Braden as a Band to Watch, will be heading out on tour this October.

Their debut album, ‘Everything Touching’, will be out on the 8th of October on Big Scary Monsters and Blood And Biscuits; ‘Gallop’, a single ahead of the album release, will drop on the 24th of September. They’ll be playing Reading (Sunday) / Leeds (Friday) this weekend.

Wednesday 10th October 2012 – Cheltenham Frog and Fiddle
Thursday 11th October 2012 – Kingston New Slang
Friday 12th October 2012 – Brighton Haunt
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Norwich Sound and Vision
Sunday 14th October 2012 – Birmingham Rainbow
Monday 15th October 2012 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 16th October 2012 – Middlesbrough Keys
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Friday 19th October 2012 – Sheffield Bowery
Saturday 21th October 2012 – Manchester Soup Kitchen Basement
Sunday 22th October 2012 – London XOYO
Tuesday 23th October 2012 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 25th October 2012 – Falmouth TBC

 

Red Light Company / March 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 2nd January 2009 at 7:46 pm
 

Red Light CompanyWe first introduced you to Red Light Company last year (when we also caught them live), and now they’ve announced their first full tour of 2009, stopping off at some of the toilet circuit’s best venues.

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £6 and £9.50 each.

Catch the lads at:

Saturday 7th March 2009 –Liverpool Korova (Ticketweb)
Sunday 8th March 2009 – Hull Adelphi (Ticketweb)
Monday 9th March 2009 – Dundee Fat Sams
Tuesday 10th March 2009 – Glasgow Nice and Sleazy
Wednesday 11th March 2009 – Newcastle Cluny (Ticketweb)
Friday 13th March 2009 – Sheffield Leadmill (Ticketweb)
Saturday 14th March 2009 – York Fibbers (Ticketweb)
Sunday 15th March 2009 – Leeds Cockpit (See Tickets)
Monday 16th March 2009 – Nottingham Bodega (See Tickets)
Tuesday 17th March 2009 – Birmingham Academy 3 (Ticketweb, See Tickets)
Wednesday 18th March 2009 – Manchester Roadhouse (See Tickets)
Friday 20th March 2009 – Southampton Joiners (See Tickets, We Got Tickets)
Saturday 21st March 2009 – Cheltenham Frog and Fiddle (See Tickets)
Sunday 22nd March 2009 – Bristol Thekla (See Tickets)
Monday 23rd March 2009 – Cardiff Barfly (Ticketweb)
Tuesday 24th March 2009 – London Borderline (See Tickets)
Wednesday 25th March 2009 – Norwich Arts Centre (See Tickets, We Got Tickets)

 
 
 

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