AFI And Thrice To Headline 2000Trees Festival 2020
“I was reading that 2000trees was started by a group of friends who said, ‘We want to start a festival,’ and I think that’s amazing,” says AFI guitarist Jade Puget. “I wish that would happen all over the world, because there’s less corporate interest and when it’s being run by people that clearly love music good things can happen. Even if it’s not the biggest festival in the world, those festivals are important and they’re putting bands on the bill that may not yet be able to play those huge events and that’s incredibly important to foster.”
With AFI headlining the Friday, July 11, Thrice will close proceedings on the Saturday by playing their 2005 album Vheissu in its entirety – plus a smattering of other hits.
“Any time you can get a fresh take on the live music experience and not have it filtered through something that’s been going for too long is cool,” says Thrice vocalist Dustin Kensrue. “I think this sounds really exciting, especially being out in the trees and the mud and all that!”
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Also announced today are: The Chats, Against The Current, Anti-Flag, Lonely The Brave, Royal Republic, Black Peaks, Crossfaith, Kneecap, Saint Agnes, Orchards, Chubby & The Gang, Leeched, Beachtape, Gnarlah and Fresh.
2000trees is scheduled to take place at Upcote Farm, Cheltenham on July 9-11. Get your tickets here.
“Clearly these are difficult times in the world and indeed the festival industry, and it would seem that uncertainty is everyone’s new normal. However as it stands, we’re still super hopeful that 2000trees 2020 can go ahead in July as planned,” says 2000trees head honcho James Scarlett. “Obviously we don’t have a crystal ball though, so we are looking into all possible options and should the ban on gatherings continue for the next few months, we may have to look at moving 2000trees to later in the year.
“But again, as it stands, we sincerely hope this won’t be necessary. As people can probably imagine, you don’t just magic a festival out of thin air the week before, therefore we are continuing to work behind the scenes on 2000trees 2020. This way we can make sure that, when we get the green light, we have everything in place to host an amazing party for everyone.
“For now though, the most important thing we can all do is keep looking after ourselves and in turn others, take advice from the experts and support the most vulnerable in our communities. Big love to everyone.”
2000trees have announced a jam-packed virtual event for the weekend the festival was due to take place.
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