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2000 Trees Festival: pros and cons

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I’ve just got back from my favourite weekend of the year so far. It was at 2000 Trees!! Not my first festival, but the first camping festival I’ve ever been to by myself.

I’d been excited for months but didn’t really know what to expect. All of my worries faded quickly with how relaxed the atmosphere was – I’d have happily stayed there another few days (yes, even with virtually no signal).

It’s a hugely underrated festival for any fans of rock music. So whether you have or haven’t heard of it, here’s what I thought of 2000 Trees – the pros and cons!

I’ve got to start with my highlight of the whole weekend, the silent disco.

Ohhhhhh myyyyyyy, that was so much fun!! I didn’t go and check out the disco at the main stage because I was having too much of a good time in The Cave. Everyone was dancing away and screaming the lyrics to a bunch of classics until 3am. I bloody loved it.

There were 2 ice cream stalls but unfortunately I only tried out one. Mainly because it was in a super cute retro van and there was always a long queue for it, so that means it’s gotta be good, right?! Hell yes. I had a double scooped honeycomb and vanilla in a waffle cone and it was heaven.

The double scoop cost £4.50, which I felt was a decent price considering how much I enjoyed it. It was the rest of the food on offer that I felt was a bit expensive. I understand that the festival has to make profit, especially considering we were allowed to take our own alcohol. But a pizza cost £11, and even when they’d ran out of mushrooms, so my ham & mushroom pizza was just ham, it still cost the same. Maybe I’m just tight with my money (it has been said).

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2000 Trees was a cashless festival so all money was spent through our wristbands. When I first read about that, it worried me a lot. There seem to be many more negatives than positives to having money on your wrist. But it was the only option, so I had to deal with my doubts.

Now I’ve spent a whole weekend using the cashless system, I wanna use it more!! It was such an easy and safe way to purchase everything over the weekend. Just think contactless but with a little card on your wrist instead, where they show you your balance after every purchase.

The only negative of the system is that it costs £1 to get your unspent money refunded off the wristband. I think that’s pretty darn cheeky. But as I’ve already said, that might just be me being tight with money again.

With only a short walk between stages, I thought the layout of the area was great!

The only negative was that ‘The Cave’ tent was right next to the Acoustic Village so the noise interfered massively. I found it hard to hear people play acoustically when there was a band on at The Cave.

Even one of the musicians said a sound check happening was off putting, which is totally understandable. A tiiiiiiny move would solve that problem, so hopefully it’ll be better for the musicians and spectators in the acoustic village next year!!

But it was so easy to access everything so after wandering round with a map on the Thursday, I knew exactly where everything was. Which is super good for me because I could get lost in my own house.

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As soon as you left the tent space, you were in the main area. I pitched my tent up right at the back of the field as it felt like ~ sort of ~ the best spot. It was really busy already when I got there on the Thursday afternoon, so there wasn’t much tent space elsewhere tbh.

It was a long walk to the festival from my tent, and I was closer to the portaloos than I would have liked, but those weren’t enough to piss me off, hah. Luckily I had a nice flat patch of grass so my tent was in a good position. I noticed a lot of tents down by the Forest Sessions on a huuuuuuuuge hill. I don’t know how anyone slept in those, but I’m guessing that was the only space they could find… If I’m right, that’s a bit of a shame!! Hopefully next year they can fix some of the space issues.

All in all, 2000 Trees Festival was bloody brilliant!

One I would definitely recommend if you’re into rock music. There was a huge variety of artists so there was always something new to discover.

And it wasn’t just music. There was plenty more to do – even crazy golf!! One that I didn’t try out unfortunately, playing a game of golf is one of the few things I’d feel stupid doing alone lol.

But I think if I’d have been brave enough, someone would’ve welcomed me. It’s the most friendliest festival I’ve ever been too. There was no worries about chatting to anyone. There was such a relaxed atmosphere, which is always nice when you’re on your own. I hate alone being at events that aren’t welcoming, but 2000 Trees was the complete opposite to that.

I’m this (finger and thumb are seconds away from touching) close to getting a ticket for next year.

If you want to see more of the 2000 Trees experience, check out my lil highlights video on my YouTube Channel, or right here!!

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Top 5 Moments From 110 Above Festival

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If I hadn’t already mentioned it… I went to 110 Above Festival this year. I think I’ve told absolutely everyone what a wonderful weekend I had. But I realised I can never summarise it, so I’m writing this post to talk about my top 5 moments from the festival.

Edit: Okay, I struggled with the order massively. I don’t know which of these are my single most favourite thing, so instead we’ll go all talent show results: In no particular order, here are my top 5 moments from 110 Above Festival!

 

 1. Inn Sessions.

There was extra activities each night after the headliners. On Friday, all my friends headed over to the Old Town Hall which was hosting a DJ set. Being quite drunk and up for a laugh, I went along with it for about an hour, before I realised it wasn’t for me. I’ve never been one for clubbing, which was probably obvious to everyone by my terribly, awkward dancing.

Anyway, for the rest of the evenings, I was more at home. Chilling on a sofa in the Gospell Inn. A few bands who had performed each day came back to play a few acoustic tracks for everyone. There would be a few originals mixed in with covers. From Oasis to Kings Of Leon, everyone was happily singing along. There was such a friendly atmosphere in the cosy little barn. A great tone to end busy days on.

 

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2. Adorable set up.

You wouldn’t expect much from an upcoming festival in the middle of nowhere. I certainly didn’t. Especially because of the brilliantly cheap price of a weekend ticket. The line up alone was good enough for me to make the effort to travel, so I wasn’t too bothered about what it would look like. So when we arrived and was greeted by fairy lights lighting up a forest path, leading to the “welcome” sign, I was so surprised.

As we began to explore, it was instantly clear that a lot of effort had been put into the layout. Each stage had been decorated beautifully. One of my favourite areas was the Gospell Inn. It had a rough and real sort of feel. Ooh that rhymed.

There was a grass area (a.k.a The Meadow) where garden games were available, or you could just sit and relax on one of the hay bales or deck chairs.

 

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The cute style of the intimate area isn’t like anything I’ve seen before. It was so charming to wander around between the stages – definitely improved my whole experience!

 

3. Friendly AF People.

At every gig, you get some dickheads. It’s standard. So to have a chilled music filled weekend without anyone really trying to ruin it for everyone else was great. Everyone I met was lovely. There was a positive vibe all weekend.

A bonus was how kind all the staff were. They’d happily have a chat with you, and would help you out if you had any questions. Take late Sunday night as an example. We were heading back to our tents, a member of staff warned us of a severe storm that was forecast. It only ended up being a bit of rain, but I thought it was good of them to tell us so we could prepare.

 

4. The cutest little stall.

In The Meadow there was an amazing stall from Freedom Of Ztyle. I was drawn to it as soon as we went through to the arena area on Friday. It looked wonderful from afar, so when I actually went and took a look, oh my god, I was in heaven! There were so many colourful clothes and amazing accessories. I wanted to buy everything. But unfortunately my funds for the weekend wouldn’t allow that. So instead I just went for the prettiest skirt I’ve ever seen. I’ll admit it’s quite short, but who doesn’t love a mini skirt?

Here’s me awkwardly squinting at the sun trying to flaunt the skirt. Look at the little tassels!

 

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The lady at the stall also gave me a lovely tote bag for free! She didn’t have anything for me to put the skirt in, and this bag had a few marks on it so she was going to sell it cheap. Instead she asked if I minded having that bag for the skirt, even with the blemishes. Not at all! And after a wash, it’s like brand new!

 

5. Animals.

Being on a farm, of course there was going to be a few animals roaming around. There was the famous, Mertyl the cow, who I caught peeping at everyone.

 

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No dogs were allowed, but a few people didn’t know about this, so they brought their pets along. Me being a huge dog lover, I had to say hi to every pup I met. They were all super friendly but it made me miss Olive a bit too much.

But from guarding pathways to sitting on the bar, the star of the weekend had to be the chicken. Her favourite place seemed to be the Gospell Inn. At one point we were eating some very large burgers, and she was just strolling around inspecting everyone.

It looks like she’s taking centre stage in this picture.

 

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So there! That was my attempt at a summary of the best things about 110 Above Festival and now I’m missing it like mad again. I need to get tickets for next year now.

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110 Above Festival 2017: A Magical Weekend

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The only way to start this post is with a massive thank you to everyone who put on 110 Above 2017.

After looking forward to it for months, and being a slight pessimist, I was worried I might be disappointed. But no way. It was better than I imagined.

It seemed like it was going to be in the middle of nowhere as we were on the journey via shuttle bus on Friday. And as we arrived, it was exactly that. A farm in Leicestershire. But it had been turned into something much more than that. With fairy lights brightening up pathways, creatively painted caravans and a damn right cosy set up – I knew it was going to be incredible.

 

The sweetest souvenirs.

Before the festival, I heard that the only way to find out the weekend’s set times would be by buying a programme. Being old school, I was a bit disappointed they wouldn’t just be online and was worried about the cost. But I knew I’d buy one anyway, as I didn’t want to miss any of my favourite bands. So when we were getting our wristbands, I asked for a programme. To my surprise, it was only a pleasant £3. And my god, it’s so cute! It’s the tiniest little booklet, being kept safe in a cassette tape box. I love keeping memorabilia from events I go too, and the prettiness of this makes it even better!

 

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Another little cost is a plastic cup. Again, it’s only £3, and at the very cheap price of a weekend ticket, I don’t think anyone can complain. It’s reusable – you just have to remember to take it to the bar with you and they’ll fill it up! It was frustrating for the people who kept losing their cups, as they’d have to buy another. But if you look after it, it’s not a problem. I’ve even been using it at home already. Another nice memory to take away.

 

Pizza. Pizza. Did I mention Pizza?

So after a long morning of travelling and pitching our tents, it was time for food. There was a wide range of food available from small stalls. Thai food, burgers, wraps and more. But the idea of pizza was too tempting. I went for my all time favourite, ham and mushroom, and after about a 10 minute wait, I was handed not the neatest pizza, but the freshest and best smelling pizza ever.

Luckily, I was order number 3, so my wait wasn’t too long. There was huuuuge queues the rest of the weekend. But it tasted so good, I waited a while and got another on Saturday.

 

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After a relaxing hour or 2 spent exploring the small site, it was time for music!

The first band I was super excited for was Childcare. They’re one of those bands that I’ve been listening to on and off for a while, but just never got round to seeing. They were fantastic. Such a groove. The headliners for Friday night were Little Comets, whom I’d never heard of before. Yes, I’m sure you just gasped in horror too. But going in with no expectations was nice. They didn’t sound like anything I’d heard before, and it was great to just have a dance!

Saturday was the day the festival really began – it was raining! Good ol’ British weather. The macs and wellies were out. Well, not my wellies as I didn’t take any, but the smart people were wearing them! The wet weather didn’t dim Marsicians spirits. They were jumping around the stage and their positive energy spread through the crowd. We didn’t mind dancing in the rain.

 

By around 4 o’clock, the sun was back, and so were the cute festival clothes!

After ditching the rain macs, we headed back to the Old Town Hall Stage.

One of the performers I hadn’t heard of but thought I’d check out, was Mahalia. And what a lovely surprise! I stood at the barrier, but didn’t plan on staying too long, as I just fancied a lean to give my feet a bit of a break. But her delicate voice and witty tracks were so captivating, we watched her whole set in awe. I seriously recommend!

Clean Cut Kid had to cancel due to food poisoning, so High Tyde were given their set instead. I’m not a massive fan of them, but I am of mosh pits, and that one was calling me… Unfortunately, I didn’t leave the pit so enthusiastically after getting elbowed in the nose. 5 days later and it still hurts like hell, but hey, that’s all part of the moshing fun. Right?

The highlight of Saturday? D.I.D. The highlight of the weekend? D.I.D! They were insane and I would do anything to go back and relive seeing them.

 

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Sundara Karma were the night’s headliners, and as much as I love their album, their live performances don’t live up to it. The energy just wasn’t there and they made a few mistakes, the most noticeable on “Indigo Puff”, which I think was the one everyone was waiting for.

 

Sunday was full of beer, glitter and flamingos. What more could you want?

The final day had the best lineup for me. I was running back and forth between the stages all day. Stage clashes? They’re what everyone dreads at festivals. Not at 110 Above. There was no clashes! One band on at a time all weekend. This was perfect as there’s nothing more stressful than having to choose which of 2 brilliant bands you want to go see. I’d say the only downfall is that there wasn’t a music alternative if you didn’t know or like the artist playing at the time. But sometimes it was lovely to wander around the intimate space of 110 Above and find somewhere to simply sit, chill and have a chat.

If you follow me on social media you will have seen the glitter! I met some lovely girls who shared their sparkle with me. I instantly felt 100 times prettier and full of festival spirit. Dare I say glitter was one of my favourite things from the weekend? Well, there, I’ve said it now.

There was a small crowd going crazy for Inheaven, me included. The atmosphere in that little circle gave me such a buzz.

Everyone had their hands in the air all through Eliza And The Bear‘s set. 50% of the time dancing, the other half launching inflatable flamingos back into the air, and eventually on stage. Here’s the moment the famous flamingo joined the band.

 

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110 Above was closed with a bang when Coasts headlined. A sea of many happy faces dancing freely. It was completely contrasted by the next acoustic set from Benjamin Francis Leftwich. His smoothing voice and calming riffs was a peaceful end to a hectic 3 days, but I have to be honest, I still had my dancing shoes on, so it wasn’t really my cup of tea. But nevertheless, it was still enchanting in the surroundings.

Thank you 110 Above!

It was the best weekend I’ve had in a very long time. Definitely an indie’s dream festival. There’s no doubt I’ll be back next year!

Check out what I took to the festival here.