2000Trees Announce Postponement Of 2021 Festival

After hoping and hoping festivals would be returning in 2021, 2000trees have announced that they are postponing until 2022.

In a very honest statement as well as one that’s quite lengthy, the organisers of the festival have said that a combination of overseas bands unable to come over and a lack of insurance-based support from the UK government has meant that the best option is to come back next year. 

But there’s some good news, they have also confirmed the first batch of bands who will be returning.

You can read it in full below: 

“Over the last two weeks, it has become clear that, due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, bands based outside of the UK will not be able to travel to 2000trees in 2021.

We’ve had confirmation that around 20 of the biggest bands from our line up will not be coming to Upcote Farm this summer. This list, which is growing every week, includes our headliners Jimmy Eat World & Thrice, plus Knocked LooseYoung GunsThe Get Up KidsLaura Jane GraceAnti-Flag and Stray From The Path.

As a result, we have been forced to take the absolutely heart-breaking decision to postpone 2000trees to July 6-10 2022. Up until a week ago we were still furiously working behind the scenes to try make the festival happen. We really wanted (& needed) a party just as much as you this year. But after losing these bands, it’s clear that we are unable to give you the award-winning Trees experience that you know and love this year.

LACK OF GOVERNMENT BACK CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Bands dropping out is one thing, but to make matters worse, the UK government have repeatedly refused to provide any COVID cancellation insurance for the I’ve events industry.

Hundred of festivals have been asking for months for a Government-backed insurance policy allowing us to confidently host the event this year. We were hopeful that this insurance would be in place by now. Although they’ve provided a similar scheme for film & TV, the Government have completely let the live music industry down by refusing to back a simple insurance policy.

This would have cost them next to nothing unless the roadmap dates are changed (or we are put into another lockdown), & it’s the single most effective thing that could have done to get festivals back up and running this summer. Many independent festivals have already postponed because of this and we know of many other events that will shortly be announcing their postponement.

The obvious concern is that there may still be delays or changes to the COVID restrictions at the last minute. Without this vital COVID cancellation insurance, going ahead with this year’s event would simply be a huge financial risk, potentially jeopardising our long-term survival. So we were left with no other choice than to pull the plus before it was too late.

THE GOOD NEWS

The GOOD NEWS is that things are already looking amazing for 2000trees 2022. As not stands, we’ve very nearly sold out for next year and we are very excited to announce that the following bands from this year are now confirmed for 2022:

Jimmy Eat World
Thrice
The Amazons
Dinosaur Pile Up

Knocked Loose
The Get Up Kids
Dream State
Laura Jane Grace
Anti-Flag
Lonely The Brave
Stick To Your Guns
Deez Nuts
No Devotion
Dragged Unde
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We also have a super exciting 3rd headliner to tell you all about real soon as well as over 100 more of the best bands playing across our 6 wonderful stages.

TICKETS

All 2021 tickets are automatically valid for next year’s festival and if you already have your ticket, you do not have to do anything to reserve your place. Your existing ticket is now your ticket to 2022.

As a small, independent business that’s been hit extremely hard by the pandemic, we really need as many people as possible to roll their tickets to next year, just so we can keep paying our staff and secure the long-term survival of 2000trees.

You kept us alive in 2020 when over 95% of you rolled your tickets to this year. If you could do the same for us again by holding onto your tickets until 2022, not only will uni get next year’s festival at 2019, but we will love you forever & promise to make the 2022 festival one to remember.

Thanks for reading and for your continued support, it means the world to us & we look forward to partying extra hard with you all next year.

James, Bren, Si, Andy, Mark and Rob”

 

For more information, check out the following link.

Dragged Under Announce 2021 UK Tour

New band alert! There’s no festival of shows this year but you have to check out Dragged Under.

The band have just released their debut record, ‘The World In In Your Way’ which you can check out below.

They’re a band with elements of Pop-Punk, Metal and Hardcore so there’s something for everyone there!

Dragged Under are set to support The Ghost Inside when they play their London show in 2021 and are off to play a short run of their own UK shows after as well as 2000 Trees Festival.

Here are the tour dates.

July 2021.

3rd – O2 Academy Brixton *SUPPORTING THE GHOST INSIDE* SOLD OUT *

6th – Key Club, Leeds

7th – Asylum, Birmingham

8th – Star & Garter, Manchester

9th – Camden Assemly Rooms, London

10th – 2000 Trees Festival

New Music Roundup 16/09/20

Hello everyone and welcome back to the New Music Roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!

First up this week is what Glide Magazine calls “…punk-meets-Elvis Costello“, the multi talented American musician who’s making waves with a taste of his solo record ‘After Party’ which is set to be released on October 23rd via Wicked Cool Records, that is Kurt Baker.

Of the track, Kurt says, “A lot of the topics on this record came out of conversations I would have with my co-writer and producer Wyatt Funderburk. I’m sure I said, “I like her a lot” in passing and then was like, “Wait…it’s so simple, but why not make that the title!” I love the line “Monday night she goes down to Amigos, never afraid to get up and dance,” mostly because of the Amigos name-drop. I’ve talked about this bar in Portland, Maine a lot, but the place really is an important spot in the making of After Party. They say it’s a Mexican restaurant but to be perfectly honest, I’ve never eaten the food there. One of my favorite choruses on the record, Wyatt suggested a few variations of the melody line that really made it pop in the end. This definitely captures our sound during a live show.”

‘After Party’ marks a return to primo Power Pop form under Kurt’s own name, backed by his bangin’ five-piece American band for the first time in five years. The twelve-song sonic boom of hooks and melodies hits on the heels of two acclaimed albums with Kurt Baker Combo, his four-piece group based in Madrid, Spain, where the native of Portland, Maine has resided for some years now.

Check out ‘I Like Her a Lot’ below.

Next we’re moving over to Athens, Greece for the birthplace of our next artist; Vangelis Ziakas.

At the age of eleven, he made his first steps in music learning how to play the piano and the guitar. So far, he has performed with many bands, like Lilith on Fire, Rusty Nails and Dirty Fusion, in a heavy metal, hard rock, blues etc. music style, whereas in 2017 he formed Sleeping Dogs, a hard rock band, which plays live frequently and continues to compose its own songs to this day.

In 2020, Ziakas started a personal project, the first single of which, entitled “Don‘t Leave Me This Way”, was released in July, while a new single and music video, “Rise”, has premiered – “Rise” will be included in the project’s upcoming, debut EP of the same title, due to be released later this season, in a hard rock style with stoner and AOR elements.

Vangelis Ziakas has already begun working on the first Sleeping Dogs EP, the first single and music video of which, named “Broken Man’s Blues”, has already seen the light of day.

Next, we have the Seattle Hard Rock outfit Dragged Under. The band are set to release a deluxe version of their record ‘The World Is In Your Way’ on November 13th 2020.

On their latest release of ‘Feel It’, vocalist Tony Cappocchi says:

“It encompasses the first time you heard a song, saw a movie, kissed, or loved somebody. That changes over time. Strong attraction eventually wears off. However, you still want the tingles you got when you first held somebody’s hand. You’re looking for that feeling once more. It resonates with everything.”

Now for our fourth and penultimate pick of this week’s roundup, we delve into the realm of Indie Emo Rock, as we have Kansas City based The Casket Lottery with their latest drop in the form of ‘More Blood’.

This appears on the bands first record release in eight years, ‘Short Songs For End Times,’ due out on November 6th via Wiretap Records/Big Scary Monsters/Second Nature Recordings.

Singer/guitarist Nathan Ellis says, “‘More Blood’ was the first idea that showed up complete for Short Songs for End Times. One minute it didn’t exist and in the next I sat down with my guitar, bass and microphone at the computer and within 15 minutes had the complete demo. The song knew what it had to say and I just received it. It’s a song about knowing what you offer the world and choosing to work on that instead of ignoring it.”

And lastly this week we have one artist whoms been making incredible noise as of late with his singles as well as his guest appearances on other tracks, that is the pnemoninal Yungblud.

His upcoming record, ‘Weird!’ is set to be released on November 13th 2020 but before that release, we have the new track, ‘Cotton Candy’.

‘Cotton Candy’ celebrates sexual freedom with loose bass, cheeky innuendos and a sugary sweet hook as it’s described. Gotta have a listen to that one.

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!

New Music Video Roundup 12/06/20

We’re back for another week! We have another roundup of ten music videos which have been recently released and they’re always some of my favourites! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music (videos)!

We’re headed to Scotland for the first video this week for Bleed From Within. They recently released their fifth record, ‘Fracture’ where they had a video for their title track ready and waiting.

The video was shot by Tom Armstrong as well as being co-directed by the band’s guitarist Craig Gowans.

On the track, the band have said:

“A departure from our typical approach, Fracture proved to be a massive challenge during the writing process. We’ve pushed ourselves as songwriters on this album and this track in particular is a perfect example of how we are evolving as a group. The lyrics are also brutally honest. I’m sure our fans will be able to relate.”

Don’t worry, this next band haven’t been out playing shows. It was shot before lockdown. Signs Of The Swarm are our next band whom shared a video off their 2019 record, ‘Vital Deprivation’. ‘Lost Within Reflection’ is the name of the track and this is what the band have said on the release:

“We are excited to bring you another video from our latest album ‘Vital Deprivation’ with ‘Lost Within Reflection’. We filmed this on the last tour we did with Shadow of Intent, watching this makes us miss you guys that much more. We can’t wait to get back out on the road and see you all again. Video shot/edited by Dylan Gould of Stay Goulden.”

Following the livestream of their concert, the up and coming duo Wargasm debuted the video for their latest single, ‘Spit’.

Shot during lockdown as a result of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the raging twosome share:

“When we wrote ‘Spit’, it was about the disgust we felt with how people treat each other and the disgusting state of the world. Sadly it’s ringing truer day by day. In times like this art is vital. Silence is not the way we support the causes that we stand for. This is the time for change. Make a positive impact.”

Now, you can be doing so many different things while in lockdown and the giants that are Five Finger Death Punch show just what they’ve been doing where they put in place a mix of storyboards of what they wanted the video for ‘A Little Bit Off’ to look like before lockdown occurred. There’s an eerily deserted Las Vegas in the video so be warned!

Staying in the US for the next choice, we have the Delaware Harcore band on the up, Year Of The Knife. The band recently announced their debut record, ‘Internal Incarceration’ is set to be released on August 7th 2020 via Pure Noise and now they have their lead single out in the world in the form of Virtual Narcotic.

Shall we go back to Britain for this next choice in the roundup? Thought so. The emerging Liverpool band Decay have something new for us. ‘Feel Better’ is the second single off their debut record, ‘Staring At The Sun’ which will be released on July 10th via Fox Records.

Danny Resopar (vocals) writes:

“‘Feel Better’ is essentially a song about being in a slump for months and not being able to get out of it, and looking for a reason to bother trying. Until you finally find that thing or person that changes your outlook and helps you grow out of your old destructive ways. In the video we wanted to reflect and compare these two parallels.”

for those who’ve been living under a rock for a while, music wise you’ll know that Michael Bohn left Issues some time ago and there was a question to when new music from him would be released. Now, we have an answer to that. Meet, The Villa.

Bohn’s new project features Kevin Hanson (Ex- Woe Is Me) on guitar as well as Turner Wood (Ex – Nightmares) who were a part of Wildheart with Bohn as well as Michael Owens (Ex-Secrets) on Bass.

Check out the crushing video for the track ‘Turning Point’ below.

Earlier this week, Dragged Under announced that they inked a deal with Mascot Records where their first release under the banner will be a deluxe version of their debut effort, ‘The World In In Your Way’ set to be released later in 2020 where it will feature two new tracks!

For now, they have a video for ‘Chelsea’ where we see what life was like on the road when they supported The Used.

We’re into the last two picks for this weeks roundup. Second to last pick this week is the Seattle quintet Emery who’ve written a track in response to the murder of George Floyd.

All proceeds from the track will be donated to Campaign Zero.

The band have said:

“This week we were stirred to action and inspired by the global community’s response to George Floyd’s murder. We’ve often and in this case been too slow to see the perspectives of others, so in this case we have attempted to do what we can to help the cause of ending police violence. Our little team here at Emery worked together to see if we could write a song and produce the music and video to express some of the anger and confusion that we feel. We asked our favorite musical collaborator and pal Aaron Sprinkle to be involved and also sing on the track. The process was about 4 days long and this video includes footage shot and sent to us by the members of Emeryland Community and The BadChristian Club from who attended protests all around the world in order to make their voices heard and because black lives matter.”

And last week we have a clip of a dark place and a frontwoman getting up close and personal with a skull. This last pick on the roundup is New Years Day’s ‘Skeletons’.

It’s off their latest released record, ‘Unbreakable’ which is available to listen to now.

“It’s clear to me that Skeletons is a favorite along the NYD fan community since day 1. Something about this song resonates. The right mix between heavy, soft, strong and soft vocals really made it stand out on our record from the rest.

The song is about opening up and letting who you hide inside come out, so for that reason, I performed the song alone on the music video. It’s tough because it makes you vulnerable as a rock front woman to be without your band but it changed the performance into something pretty unique from our other music videos.

I hope everyone enjoys it,”