Our favourite independent rock festival 2000 Trees is almost upon us, and this years bill proves to be one the most eclectic yet.
Last year, Refused vocalist Dennis Lyxzén stopped their headline set on the main stage to talk about gender equality in music. Of all 250 bands playing across the July weekend, only eight had female members. Some of the UK’s larger festivals have been under scrutiny for a lack of female musicians on main stages, along with the horror stories of how women are treated in live music audience.
His message didn’t fall flat on deaf ears, and this Festival season has seen an influx of musicians, especially in the rock scene, calling for safer spaces for women at shows. Frank Carter, who is set to co-headline Friday night at 2000 Trees 2017 with his Rattlesnakes, enticed a female only crowd-surfing spree at Glastonbury Festival; Basement encouraged as many girls as possible to claim their stake in the mosh-pit at Download Festival and While She Sleeps demanded that as many women make it over the barrier for their performance at 2000 Trees 2016.
>>> Read our 2000 Trees Festival 2016 review!
It would seem that after their ten-year anniversary celebrations in 2016, 2000 Trees organisers have strived for a more inclusive bill, with more acts than ever performing in 2017 with non-male members; although still not in the vicinity of a headline spot. The 5000 capacity festival, which takes place on 6-8 July in Cheltenham has always had a friendly sense of community, seeing revellers return year after year for a weekend filled with some of the best new alternative music around, with Lower Than Atlantis, Slaves, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Mallory Knox, Nothing But Thieves and Deaf Havana all headlining the main stage.
Aside from the music, 2000 Trees also boasts a great atmosphere, late night silent discos, forest shenanigans, crowd-surfing in paddling pools and mosh-pits that will barely see a body hit the ground. We’ve scoured the line-up to recommend the top female-fronted bands set to steal headline slots in the future, and you would be a fool to miss them at 2000 Trees Festival 2017.
On the heavier side of the spectrum, Belgium’s black metal shoegaze pioneers Oathbreaker will be headlining The Axiom Stage on Sunday night, driving a sound riddled with unshakable glistening melodies and brazen blast beats that will give you raging chills.
Employed To Serve
Fresh off the release of their second album ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’, self-proclaimed nasty hardcore outfit Employed To Serve from Woking are one of the most prominent figureheads in the post-hardcore scene right now. Where the band began as a two piece studio based project, Employed To Serve have been destroying stages nationwide, while musically their brand of doom laden, brutal beat-downs and melodies are pushing the band into unexplored territory, not to mention the prowess in Justine Jones’ guttural pipes. Catch Employed To Serve on The Cave Stage on Friday 7th July.
Peaness are an indie-pop trio from Chester, made up of vocalist/guitarist Balla, bassist Jess and drummer Rach. Their brand of punchy, punky and exquisitely catchy pea-pop caught the ears of Alcopop! Records earlier this year, and their relentless touring — predominantly in the north — has garnered the troupe as one of the most exciting things on the scene right now, especially at this time of year.
Kamikaze Girls want you to know that it’s okay to be sad. Their album ‘Seafoam’ ascertains itself to the feminist lyricism found in the Riot Grrrrl scene, discussing a wide range of topics from anxiety, depression and triggers, married with grunge and shoegaze vibes. The Leeds duo Lucinda Livingstone and Conor Dawson translate their inherently DIY sound in a live setting to something that’s mesmerising to watch, considering it’s all made with one guitar and a set of drums.
Fusing bittered punk lyrics with jovial pop, Sløtface have shot to critical acclaim in their short career. The Norwegian four-piece have a penchant for getting crowds all riled up and ready for action with their outspoken sound that is fast, fun and playful.
Having wowed the crowds at this years’ The Great Escape Festival, Penelope Isles will be taking on a late Forest Session on Saturday night. The band, originally from the Isle Of Man and now based in Brighton, the band formed in the south coast seaside town and are the brainchild project of brother and sister duo Jack and Lily Wolter, chiming bedroom alt-pop with a tinge of summery, jangly guitar that perfectly suits lazing with a cold beer in a hammock under a canopy of trees.
Orchards’ infectiously situated math-pop boasts catchy choruses that pull you in hook, line and sinker. The Brighton based quartet have been making their rounds on the tour circuit relentlessly as of late, and are set to bounce their way through a delectably stripped back Forest Session with new vocalist Lucy Evers in tow.
Derry alt-rockers Making Monsters are spearheaded by the visceral vocal range of front-woman Emma Gallagher, coupled with monumental yet playful riffage that should make for a relentless, sing-along pit session at The Cave on Friday of 2000 Trees. The band’s 2016 EP ‘Bad Blood’ cemented Making Monsters’ position in a growing, empowering genre paved by bands like Marmozets. On record, they’re not afraid to show their vulnerabilities, so live we’re hoping to witness their penchant for songwriting that is brutally playful and just a tiny bit chaotic.
Check out our 2000 Trees 2017 Playlist below:
You can find the full line-up and clashfinder here
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