The most detailed 2000trees review you’ll find anywhere on the internet. Part 1.

It was fair to say that 2000trees had even more of a buzz around it than usual this year. With the stacked line-up, beautiful settings, and tickets almost selling out there was no doubt in our minds that this would be the highlight of the summer. We have done our best to capture the best moments of the festival, between the sun cream and the booze consumed. Buckle up and enjoy the first instalment of the most detailed reviews from 2000trees that you will find anywhere on the internet.

Press to MECO – The Axiom
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Image from Fraser Wakeling.
Full coverage of Press to MECO’s Live and Forest set will be posted to the website soon, this will include our interview with the band. Stay tuned.

 

Boston Manor – The Cave
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Image from Ben Morse.
Boston Manor cause havoc on a rather pedestrian Thursday afternoon.

Boston Manor are, undoubtedly, one of the brightest sparks in the British music scene right now. Therefore, it felt apt that they would be performing in The Cave at a music festival that supports up and coming artists. For a Thursday afternoon, The Cave was packed. Filled with a diverse crowd, Boston Manor came out the blocks hot. Clearly satisfied with the number of people that had hauled themselves out of their camping chairs, the band delivered a cracking set comprising of both new and old hits.

They were very loving towards the setting of the festival, exclaiming that it was the first outdoors one they had been invited to play in 2015. Now, three years later, it was clear to see that the band were grabbing the opportunity with both hands. The hip swaying and the fist pumps were in full force during most of the set from vocalist Henry Cox. Tracks such as Burn You Up and Lead Feet sent the stage into turmoil, only exciting him further. The tent was a frenzy of limbs as they rattled through the highlights of Be Nothing. Coupled with a sprinkling of their older songs such as Trapped Nerve, the setlist seemed to have a perfect balance.

Halo was a great way to end the set. It is the only released single from the bands’ upcoming album, Welcome To the Neighbourhood and the reception to it was mind-blowing. The track was the most well-received of the set. They also played a brand-new track from their upcoming release. It was a bit of a crooning number which also impressed the crowd. Boston Manor were a highlight of the festival, the energy they worked from the crowd was impressive and set the weekend up perfectly. Big things are coming.

4/5 Bytes. Callum Huthwaite.

 

Marmozets – Main Stage
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Image from Gareth Bull.
One of the UK’s finest bands storm through a hip-shaking and head-banging Main Stage set.

Thursday evening saw one of the most anticipated bands at the festival take to the Main Stage; the weird and wonderful Marmozets. I had never seen the band before this set which is somewhat criminal considering the sheer quality of their music. Both their remarkable debut album and their sophomoric effort Knowing What You Know Now demonstrate the musical ability that makes Marmozets so special. Now it was time to witness these titans first hand.

I was eagerly awaiting their set as we stood out in the sun-drenched field, and as the shouts of ‘1, 2 3 Play’ blasted through the speakers, I knew I wouldn’t be leaving disappointed. The band stormed through the lead single from their latest album and turned the few heads in the field that weren’t already watching. Musically, the band were as tight as anything, with the crushing riffs from songs like Particle and Suffocation being a joy to witness. Is It Horrible and Captivate You were personal highlights, but every song was worthy of its place in the set. The vocal range of Becca Macintyre was immense and wasn’t lost on the larger Main Stage – something that can often happen. The swaggering Major System Error closed what was a first-class set from the band. It’s clear to see that Marmozets will only be getting bigger – let’s just hope we don’t have to wait too long for new music!

4.5/5 Bytes. Daniel Tumani.

 

Black Peaks – The Cave
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Image from Gareth Bull.
Black Peaks make themselves at home in the Cave, setting their status as Trees heroes in stone.

As a mainstay of this great festival, it’s no wonder that Black Peaks’ headline slot in The Cave felt like a homecoming show of sorts. Drawing in the biggest crowd of the day that I had seen so far, it was crucial that the band rose to the occasion. With their forthcoming album All That Divides dropping in the very near future, this was a prime opportunity for them to work this bumper crowd and cement everyone’s status as Peaks mega fans.

Tearing us open with Can’t Sleep was an apt way to set the precedent for the remainder of their set. Its defiant outcry of a chorus had everyone singing along, an impressive feat considering that the song is one of two singles released from the upcoming album. They closed with the other, Home, which is a bit moodier but still had enough bite to leave us with hoarse voices as we try to match the fantastic gravel of Will Gardner’s tones.

It was brave of Black Peaks to select 4 out of their 9 songs from an unreleased album, however, it did ultimately pay dividends as the crowd’s reception didn’t seem to waver too much. That being said, the set’s highlights did lie in the tried and tested classics. Set In Stone forced everyone to tear their throats to shreds as they belted out the towering chorus and, of course, Glass Built Castles enjoyed the best reaction in a mosh pit that lasted for the song’s entirety and spread across the majority of The Cave – a stage that now belongs to Black Peaks.

4/5 Bytes. Aaron Jackson.
 Cover Image from Joe Singh.

 

 

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