I’ve just got back from 2000 trees festival where I spent my time staying in Betsy the camper van, drinking cider , eating fantastic vegan food and listening to the most amazing bands.
If anything this adventure has healed something that was long missing in my heart and mind. It took away the pressure of the day job and life. It gave me the voice to sing with 5 thousand other like minded people and to dance like an idiot.
This was my second year at 2000 trees and I’m gutted that it hasn’t been in my life longer. It’s a beautiful place, no rushing, no queuing, no pretentious fools and full of amazing people.
It’s curated for the fans of live music by a bunch of guys who are actual fans of live music. Guys who understand not to clash your favourite bands, guys who don’t want to charge you stupid money for a beer, guys who will take the time to stand with you in the crowd and watch a band with you.
I heard familiar bands, I watched bands I’ve never seen before, I’ve seen bands do crazy acoustic performances and I’ve danced with lead singers at the silent disco. I’ve sat in a forest , I’ve stood in the glorious sun and I’ve danced under the stars.
I could go on and on about how amazing this festival is but what I really want to say is sometimes letting your hair down with like minded people can restore your faith in a world that at the moment is quite frankly crap.
Supporting music, bands and festivals like this gives us a chance to sing our hearts out and just be happy. Music isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but to some of us it’s a way of life, a family and a safe place.
These are my 2000 trees festival highlights
And so I watch you from afar
Additional note :
Whilst writing this one of my favourite bands just released their new single which premiered on the radio one rock show. Deaf Havana have a place in my heart and their new single “Sing” just captured everything I was feeling in sound&words.
I have seen these guys perform so many times and got to witness their amazing headline set at 2000 trees last year. They have never left my playlist and they are always around for me like a old friend who pops up to tell you it’s going to be ok.
Sing by Deaf Havana