As Glastonbury, Reading and Bestival grow and grow, so does their inability to keep their perspective and everyone happy at the same time. Plus the music starts to get a bit samey across the whole festival spectrum - I mean, how many times do you REALLY want to see Dizzee-sodding-Rascal and Ellie-bleeding-Goulding on the roster, only to spunk £100 plus on a ticket to have a great time watching bands from half a mile away in the rain, sh*t and discarded condoms.
Sometimes, the problem with these huge festivals (I did say SOMETIMES, not ALWAYS) is that other people go to them as well. Oops, I feel a 'Meldrew' coming on...... But, before I bemoan the state of festivals, have a look at the upcoming eco-friendly gathering called '2000 Trees', running from July 16th to 18th.
Frank Turner, singer-songwriter and punk raconteur heads up the guest-list, fresh from his rather cracking album triumph with 'Poetry of the Deed', as well as power-prog good guys, 65 days of static, Frank's Xtra-Mile label-mate Chris T-T and raucous rabble-rousers The Subways form part of the first wave of acts confirmed for this years '2000 Trees' extravaganza. There are normally around sixty artists involved so keep em peeled for further details as we get them.
Tickets for two nights of camping and three days of music and cabaret, not to mention top local grub and the odd splash of medicinal apple-juice, will cost a bargain £50 for admittance between 9.30 Friday 16th July to Sunday 18th afternoon. Kids 10 years and under (proof required) can go for free.
Basing its agenda around NOT wasting unnecessary electricity, resources and materials (no sign of Lady GaGa then), the festival has been awarded the 'A Greener Festival' Award by, urm, www.agreenerfestival.com a non-profit organization that ensures outdoor events such as these have rules to abide by, thus saving a morsel of the local countryside from waste, wee and poo from us lovely humans. Recycling is a must, so expect to find minimal amounts of litter as well as bio-degradable containers to hold all that tasty local produce in. With a sensible 2,500 capacity and situated near to Cheltenham, it'll be a friendly and picturesque gathering.
We will have more news on this and their sister festival, Y-Not (Matlock), as we get it.