3 bands I discovered at 200o trees!

One thing I love to do at festivals is watch bands I have never heard of before. I find the best way to find out about a new band is to watch them, because sometimes their live game is better than their sound on record- especially if they aren’t signed! 2000 trees is the perfect way to find out about new bands because half the time you only know a few names on the line up, but you still know you will enjoy 80% of the bands over the weekend. I found these 3 equally as enjoyable as some of my favourite bands that played the festival, which I never thought would happen as While she sleeps are a lot to compare to!

Here is 3 bands I watched at 2000 trees that I cannot get enough of now!

3. John Coffey

Do you remember that video of the guy stood on top of a crowd, who catches a pint being thrown at him and drinks it??  If not, here you go :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTlFk-chSh4 . Well yeah, this is the band!!

Playing main stage in the afternoon John Coffey brought people out of their tents and switched the miserable hangover face to happy smiles. (Obviously that viral video has helped them gain a lot of attention because they brought in a rather large crowd. One which they definitely deserved! ) I feel they put on a better show than some of the larger names that day, as they really won over their crowd. They proved that you don’t need to be a dedicated fan to enjoy the show, you just need to enjoy live music and you’ll have a great time. Despite differing from the majority of the line up and not being an underground band in the UK, John Coffey definitely fit in with the festival and its love for smaller talent!

(I have to admit I was a tad drunk during their set so can’t get the best review) All I remember is that I had the best time! Thats all I needed. I just remember smiling, laughing and enjoying amazing music. If a band can make me feel like that, its all I need.

2. Blood youth

All I can say is wow!

Like John Coffey these left me with the biggest smile on my face. Musically they remind me of beartooth- which of course is a great thing! Performance wise they are perfect, full of energy creating the best atmosphere. I don’t think anyone inside that tent wanted to be anywhere else, honestly I feel they put on one of the best performances of the weekend. I can really see this band going far in the future, I think anyone that watches them and doesn’t love them after is just crazy!

But of course my best memory of this band (and possibly the weekend) has to be starting the ‘pit’ with a guy dressed up as an astronaut-he even replaced his oxygen tank with alcohol. Never going to forget that!!

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1.Blackhole

Possibly my favourite discovery of the weekend, and now one of my most played artists of the past few weeks, is Blackhole. Before the festival my dad did a bit of research, and found out that Blackhole is Richard Carters (Frank Carters brother) band, so I was obviously interested in them from the get go.

As soon as we arrived at the tent I was instantly impressed. I was physically sucked in- I only planned to watch from afar but ended up in the centre of the pit. When listening to them I got a rock and roll/Frank Carter vibe, which is basically my ideal type of music. Although, their crowd wasn’t massive they managed to captivate every single person in the tent, bring joy to both existing  and new fans (Me). I really feel that they deserved a bigger audience, they were one of the best band of the weekend for me!! Richard spent the entire set within the pit, expressing the same show man qualities that his brother also has- a reason I feel in love with the rattlesnakes and now blackhole!!

The best thing about them was that they didn’t take themselves too seriously. They were there to have fun, the way it should be! As a band they expressed everything I love, and musically really pleased my ears. They have been on repeat ever since the weekend and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

 

 

I really hope I have the chance to see all of these bands again, and when I do I hope they bring in bigger crowds and amaze others in the future like they did to me.

(Ps: please get me back to trees! I miss it so much!!)

*All photos are my own -sorry for the lack of photos, I was having too much fun to think about taking pictures*

 

 

Female footprint in rock music!

Hello again! I originally planned for my first post after trees to be a massive review, but then I realised that post would be as long as the order of the phoenix and decided a couple of separate posts may be best suited.

Quick update: trees was amazing, hands down my favourite festival!!

A thing that has been stuck on my mind since trees, is something Dennis Lyxzén (lead singer of refused) said. He highlighted the fact that out of the 200+ bands at the festival only 8 of them included female artists, showing a clear lack of female names on the line up. He said that it was up to men to change this and destroy the patriarchal system, and that we need to see an increase of female artists so by 2021 the stage will be 50/50 men and women.

I obviously agree that festivals (and the industry) need to welcome more female artists as the difference in numbers are ridiculous. However, I feel it is almost impossible to make this industry 50/50, especially in a matter of 5 years. An equal number of bands just don’t exist, and even if they did they aren’t on the same level as some of the big (male) names. For example, paramore are a massive female fronted band but for every paramore there is a metallica, a blink 182, a foo fighters, a green day and a biffy clyro (and the list goes on and on).  These big names have become big names due to talent, and although it is a shame none of them feature female musicians there is nothing that can be done, these artists deserve their title and it can’t be taken away from them just because of their gender. I feel it would be sexism to dismiss male artists due to their lack of female members, just as much as it would be to dismiss bands with a female member. We shouldn’t support a band because of their members, we should support them because of their music!

Lyxzén did however address the fact that it is up to the male population to destroy this patriarchal system. Which is something I really do agree with! The only way something will change is if the way women are treated changes, the amount of music magazines I see that publish articles with female artists being sexualised actually disgusts me! Maybe if men didn’t allow this to happen, then more women would be open to the idea of starting a band?

I don’t know, these are just my personal opinions on the way this music industry is run.

Some female fronted bands I think are amazing are Blood Command and The Ghost Riders Of The Sky (a band I literally discovered after trees and have been annoyed about since they played and I missed them.) Both have their own edge and don’t follow the tpyical paramore route – I do love paramore but ‘pop punk’ isn’t the only thing women can do!

I will be on the lookout for new female artists as I do believe women need to make a bigger impact on this industry, and I really do respect Lyxzén for his speech (a speech he gives at every festival) hopefully it’ll help raise awareness- it has done for me!!

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Thank you refused for making me think!!

*all photos are my own*

2000 trees checklist!

As 2000 trees is this weekend and as I always find posts about what people will be taking away with them (especially to festivals) interesting, I thought I would write my own!

The tip with festivals is to cram all your stuff into the lightest bag possible, you don’t need to take your best clothes, you don’t need your dressing gown, you just need to take the essentials. Not only will you have to carry your clothes, but you will need to carry tents, chairs, sleeping bags and alcohol so you don’t want to be carrying your entire wardrobe.

However, as we are in England you need to make sure you plan outfits for both sunshine and torrential rain- just look at everything the downloaders had to deal with this year!

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This I have decided to bring three pairs of shorts (I am being hopeful that the sun will shine) and a pair of ripped skinny jeans (to be safe). I am also bringing 4 tops, that I can wear with both shorts and jeans – as I said minimal items is key. For the cold (and potentially rainy parts) of the weekend, I am bringing a poncho and jumper. Both of these are just precautions (I hope), but its better to be safe than sorry. Normally for a festival wellies are a essential, but I personally hate them! Even for big festivals I don’t take wellies and I almost always regret it, but trees is small so I think the risk will be okay.

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My gnarwolves jumper is my favourite thing for the evenings and early mornings at festivals, as it is cosy and when you are cold or full of a hangover I find that a cosy jumper is perfect!

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The essentials! 

The key about packing for a festival is bringing all the things that are essential for everyday- like a toothbrush and inhaler, and bringing the things which could make your life so much easier when its needed- like moisturiser.

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The not so essential essential!

Although, you can live without electrical items they do make your life easier and help you document your time. Particularly your phone, a phone can help you find your friends and help you document your time. However, as we all know an iPhone battery has the lifespan of around 5 hours which isn’t useful for a 5 day festival. The solution…a portable charger!! I have found the best one to get is a charger that can do up to 7 charges as it can last both one day and weekend festivals!

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Obviously, on top of all of these things I will bringing camping essentials and (my favourite thing I am taking with me) alcohol!

I am so excited for this festival, I am 100% I will be talking about it until reading festival comes around!!

Thanks for reading, and you’ll probably hear from me again with many 2000 trees reviews!

*All images are my own*

Portable charger: https://www.amazon.co.uk/PowerGen-12000mAh-External-lightning-adapters/dp/B0085OB0IE