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Waking up this morning, every muscle in my body aches after one hell of a  festival. 2000 Trees is a festival that prides itself on showcasing the best new and underground acts from the worlds of rock and indie and with a 5,000-person capacity, it’s the perfect size for a festival to do just that.

Due to its size the camping is literally right next to the entrances, which for someone as lazy as me is perfect. There’s no 15 minute walk to get to a stage either, although the stages are far enough away from each other that one stage doesn’t get muddied sound from another. We were lucky enough to have perfect weather this weekend and there was a good amount of space outside each stage to be able to enjoy the music from outside.

This year they added a day to the festival and on Thursday night the headliner was Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. They’ve been touring extensively for the last couple of years but this felt like a really fresh performance. They re-visited older tracks and audience favourites like The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Thou Shalt Always Kill, but it was the intensity of Stunner and the dark, emotion of You Will See Me – from the 2013 album Repent, Replenish, Repeat – that demonstrated the full extent of the undivided attention that they demand from a crowd.

After this I found myself in a forest by my tent singing loudly to a bizarre mixture of music with a bunch of people dancing between the trees. There’s nothing quite as perfect as shouting along to I Believe I Can Fly with a bunch of burley, bearded men in hardcore t-shirts! Then it was to bed for a few hours of sleep before waking up for a full day of music on Friday.

I spent the majority of Friday drifting between the Axiom and The Cave stage. Delta Sleep balanced heavy riffs with a voice that goes from soft to rough and gravelly in a masterful way, whilst another highlight was Baby Godzilla who put on a completely relentless and hardcore show, unlike any I’ve been to before. With the guitarist leaving the stage to wheel a bin into the middle of the tent, and fans getting involved in the show by climbing and banging along, Baby Godzilla’s energy was undeniably infectious.

Nordic Giants were my pick of the whole festival. Standing at the back of the tent I wasn’t able to get the full experience, so I made my way right to the front. The Nordic Giants’ live set is hard to explain, with a combination of short films and a post rock/classical soundtrack. It was an intense set that everyone should experience at least once.

Headlining Friday on the main stage were Band of Skulls, a three piece that make a ridiculous amount of noise and bring some old school anthemic blues-rock and heavy riffs that get your head banging. This band just get better and better and there wasn’t one song that seemed out of place. After that perfect finisher, everyone got his or her headphones out for the silent disco.

Saturday came far too soon and with the sun blazing, I spent most of the day sat in front of the main stage letting the music wash over me. Little Matador had some grungy tunes that were perfect for the afternoon’s vibe, but it was Maybeshewill that were the highlight of my day with intense, cinematic, post-rock tunes that got me up from my sun and beer induced funk.

Another silent disco and dance in the forest was enjoyed into the early hours and before I knew it, Sunday home time had rolled around. 2000 Trees is a great festival for discovering new bands; it’s well organised, small and perfectly formed and I can’t wait for next year!

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