I’ve been saying to myself year after year that I’d head to 2000 trees and this year I finally managed it albeit for a single day. I’ve always heard such positive things about the festival so it had high expectations in my mind and I have to admit the festival blew those expectations away. So much so that me and Luke are going to buy our weekend tickets for next year this week as I need to experience the whole 3 days.
Here are some things I noticed as a first timer at 2000 trees:
It’s even smaller than I thought
Everyone has always told me how small the festival is and how intimate it is the but nothing prepared me for how it was. You can walk from the two stages furthest away in just a few minutes and it’s pretty easy to get close to the main stage which is unheard of even at a festival like Slam Dunk.
The main stage is really intimate
Due to the size even the largest main stage feels intimate and it’s like you’re at a tiny unknown festival and you’re part of a little secret set. Every year the festival bookers bring it out of the bag with amazing headliners with At The Drive in, Twin Atlantic and Enter Shikari headlining 2018 and for a lot of these bands it’s about as intimate a festival as you’ll see them.
Everyone is incredibly relaxed and considerate
Having been to a lot of festivals over the years I have to admit the crowd at 2000 trees seemed the most relaxed and considerate that I’ve ever encountered. At no point did I feel that there were people in the crowd causing trouble or being inconsiderate to those around them and that makes such a difference to a festival experience. Having spoken to friends who have been a lot of times before they’ve said that they’ve never encountered any issues with fellow festival goers.
The crowd is a little older
Sometimes I go to festivals and feel like I’m on the older end of the scale as I edge ever closer to 30 but being at 2000 trees it’s such an ecclectic array of ages that more of the crowd seemed to be in their late twenties or thirties. As the festival started in 2007 there’s plenty of people that have been coming every single year and grown up alongside the festival.
Queues don’t seem to exist
Whether you’re going on a toilet trip, fancy a beer or want to grab a tasty burger we never encountered a queue for anything. Usually when you go to festivals there’s never enough toilets to cover the crowd and you have to queue and this wasn’t the case at 2000 trees which was a huge plus as you didn’t waste precious time between bands queuing.
The main stage alternatives with the other two stages
Clashes are always the hardest parts of festivals and alternatng stages is such a good thing to allow you to see as much music as possible. During the time between bands on the main stage the second and third stages play and when they stop the main stage starts up again. This means if you want you could just walk between the two and see music all day.
You can carry around your own alcohol
Unlike other festivals there’s no specific arena area and the camp site is all around the stages so once you’ve been checked to enter the festival site you’re done. This means that you can carry around your old alcohol and crack open a can by the stage which I think is so good as it means you’re not spending all your money at the bar.
One thing which was a bit of a pain was the lack of signal around the site. I’d expect this from a huge festival with hundreds of thousands of people but with a smaller festival it would have been good to have signal so you can call your friends to find out where they are between sets. I always carry around a power bank just in case because I hate being without battery and this Vooni stone power bank* is the perfect size to top up my phone a few times without being too bulky in my hand bag.