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.

New Music Video Roundup 18/06/20

We’re back! We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos and sometimes a little information that comes with them! 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 going acoustic for our first pick this week with The Amazons with the UK tour video for ‘Mother’.

Matthew Thomson has said on the track:

“This video encapsulates everything we love about being in a band. Performing live is in our blood. When we tour, the music evolves.

“It was such a fun process looking back on our UK tour with Phoebe Fox as she put the video together. We hope we can join our fans again soon, and safely.”

Keeping things a little light for the next pick this week is the phenomenal Machine Gun Kelly. The other month, the release of ‘Bloody Valentine’ saw him collaborate with none other than Travis Barker where now an acoustic version has been released. This version of the track sees him playing guitar, all the while looking out at a sunset over LA.

Bloody Valentine is the first off MGK’s upcoming record, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’, which is set to be released on July 17th via Bad Boy / Interscope Records where the narrative will “revolve around a complex and seductive love story”.

Heading for British shores for the next pick of this week’s roundup, we have Luzzy Farrall.

This latest cut from her record, ‘Bruise’ is the track ‘Okay’. And it’s a home made video for this one to!

On the track, here’s what Lizzy said:

“‘Okay’ is what I’d call the interlude on the album. The lyrics are very personal and the performance on the track is very raw. The song itself is based around being stuck in your own head and being forced, because of life situations, to be independent but also discovering whilst doing so, just how much self-hate is actually present. This is also probably more relevant to me now than when I wrote the song.”

Moving to Remo Drive for our next pick of the week, and with the band’s third record, ‘A Portrait Of An Ugly Man’ released today, they released this video for ‘A Flower And A Weed’ just a few days in advance for its release.

Following the premiere over on Triple J, the Aussie powerhouses Hands Like Houses have a new cut in the form of ‘Space’.

This is the second release of material since their 2018’s ‘-Anon’, following on from the track, ‘Headspace’ which came out in March of this year.

Trenton Woodley (Vocals) has said:

“It’s weird to think that we wrote this song about emotional isolation and this sense of claustrophobia before any of this crazy year had gone down. It’s about this emotional collage of situations where I felt like I was going through the motions, grappling with exhaustion, trying to do the right thing but still coming up short of other people’s expectations… it was really important to me that the lyrics carried the weight of what I was singing about without getting caught in the specifics.

I wanted it to feel tired, but not hopeless. I wanted it to feel worn out, but not ready to give up yet. I didn’t want to sound like I’d stopped trying, I just wanted it to feel like coming out of a long silence to say, “Be patient, I can get this right. I just need a little more faith, a little trust and some space to get myself back together.””

Here’s some new Pop-Punk from those lads you either love or hate, Neck Deep!

Following on from the release of their new track ‘Fall’, they have a new video where they team up with a lot of skaters including Cordano Russell, Alex Dechuna, Roxana Howlett and more! There’s some skateboarding footage (of course) and some tour footage back from when they actually could.

Ben Barlow says:

“COVID-19 has made shooting videos all the more challenging. So, we looked at some of the things we love most: fucking around on tour and skateboarding. We decided to reach out to skaters that we have met along our touring journey, that we believe deserve some recognition, and give them a platform to display their amazing talents.

We’re switching things up to a heavy track now! The giants Machine Head have dropped a double digital single (wait. Is that even a thing?) where the double single suggests the two tracks act as protest anthems which were written after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

Here’s the video for the a side track ‘Stop The Bleeding’ which features Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach.

Second to last video now for this week’s roundup pick and we have the British singer/songwriter Inklinks (whom is none other than the ex- Fearless Vampire Killers frontman Kier Kemp!) as he lifts another track off his upcoming ep, ‘Is This Who You Are?’.

Here’s what Kemp has said:

“‘Dizzy’ is a song for everyone that ever felt that they needed a new start. Sometimes it can feel like things change and you’re never going to be the same… but ultimately the song is about combating that idea head on. You’ve got this.”

‘Is This Who You Are?’ is set to be released on August 28th 2020 via Marshall Records.

I had to choose this track as the last one and you’ll know why when you see the name. This is Chester Bennington’s pre Linkin Park band, Grey Daze. The track, ‘B12’ is off their upcoming release ‘Amends’ which will feature vocals Chester actually recorded before his tragic passing.

There’s also an appearance from Korn’s Munky and Head.

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles 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!

Teddy Rocks Festival Moved To 2021

The Charity Festival Teddy Rocks will live on in 2021!

The upcoming festival which has moved its date due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which is going to be co-headlined by The Amazons and The Fratellis will take place to raise money to fight childrens cancer is set to take place on 30th April – 1st May 2021 at Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset.

On the announcement, Festival Director Tom Newton has said:

“We’ve made the very difficult decision to move Teddy Rocks Festival to 2021. As always, the safety of everyone from the audience to the performers and our crew is paramount to us. With there still being uncertainty regarding Covid19, it’s only right we make this decision.

“All tickets for 2020 remain valid and can be rolled over to 2021, and we would love for you to continue your support and keep your tickets for the new dates whilst we work tirelessly to bring you as close to the same line up as before. We need your support now more than ever to continue to run this festival and to continue to help children with cancer.

“We want to say a massive thank you to anybody who has already purchased tickets before and during these unprecedented times. It really has kept us motivated and driven and reminds us that not only are we able to help children with cancer and their families, but we also provide local musicians with a platform and give young people the opportunity to share stages with bands that they aspire to. We simply cannot do this without you!”

Adding to the bill are Dream State, The Snuts, The Bottom Line, Bellvue Days, The Skints and more.

Creeper, Palaye Royale And More Acts Added To Homeschool Festival

Creeper, Palaye Royale, Cheap Cuts and more are among the names added to the Homeschool Festival.

The online event is set to take play over the May bank holiday weekend, 8th – 10th May 2020 on homeschoolfest.com

New acts added to the line-up are Palaye Royale, Dream Nails, Best Ex, Talk Show, Creeper, We Are Scientists and more.

This adds to an already stacked bill which includes SWMRS, Boston Manor, Milk Teeth, The Amazons, Circa Waves, Jamie Lenman, Bloxx and more.

Homeschool Festival is reading awareness of the life saving work of the frontline medical staff and volunteers in the UK, encouraging donations to the NHS Charitites Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal over the weekend.

You can check out all the artists that are participating in the festival below.

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Even More Acts Added To HomeSchool Festival

So many more artists added to this one!

You remember that online festival Homeschool? I posted about it a week or so ago.

Well now, even more bands have been added to the lineup and it is stacked. The Xcerts, Bloxx, The Sherlocks were already on the bill but now Milk Teeth, Swmrs, The Amazons, Boston Manor and more have been confirmed to be playing the festival.

The festival is raising awareness of the indescribable work frontline medical staff and volunteers are doing here in the UK where the festival will encourage donations to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal throughout the weekend.

Homeschool Festival will take place 8th – 10th May 2020.

For a full list of the artists playing the festival, take a look at the lineup poster below.

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Music Video Roundup 23/08/19

It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. The first band on this weeks countdown are the Pop-Punk trio Junior. They’ve recently released their debut record, ‘Beautiful Life’ but before the release, they had their amazing track, ‘Brick By Brick’ in video form. Fun Fact: the track was also chosen at the NXT Lound theme for WWE NXT UK’s takeover in Cardiff which is set to take place in 31st August 2019.

 

Heading to Oxford for our number two pick on the roundup this week is Oxford’s MSRY who’ve recently gone from being a trio to a quartet in the form of bassist Harvey Lake adding to their ranks.

‘Still Breaks My Heart’ is a fresh cut from the group which also features guest vocals from Cancer Bats Liam Cormier.

Kial Churcher (Vocals) on the track has said:

“We played with the idea of obsession and people being too gone in it to realise what was happening around them and there being people who want to break through that barrier for them. The idea of social media being an all-consuming entity is a very real and happening thing right now, the fact people are obsessed with their presentation on social media, the extent people go to for ‘likes’ and to gain a following on them is mind blowing and can consume your entire being, vision and thought process.

I think it shows in the video that we’re trying to break through to that person who can’t see what’s around them, and it becomes harder and harder as it goes on in the video to help them see that there’s more out there than their obsession.”

 

Another band who’ve had their debut record out is Acres.  ‘Lullaby’ was their fourth and final cut to be released before the whole thing was released.

Ben Lumber (Vocals) on the meaning behind the track has said:

“‘Lullaby’ is a song about losing someone you love prematurely. Before you get the chance to know them properly, life takes them away, leaving you with but a bittersweet memory of the short time you had together.

We all lose people we love and in those moments of great loss, the time we did have may never seem enough. Nonetheless, all we can do is be grateful for the time we were given with them and know their presence will live on, through memories, the way they have touched our hearts and the way they helped shape us as human beings.”

 

Shall we get some Geordie’s on this weeks list? Newcastle’s Hardcore five-some Ground  Culture have a huge new single in the wake of their signing to Hopeless Records.

Vocalist Roy Watson, on the release of ‘Life Won’t Wait’ has said:

“Have you ever questioned why life doesn’t slow down? In a world of loud thinkers, silence acts as nothing but a pawn in the iris of opportunity. 

He continues: “We have all chosen blind ignorance over action at times, normally not down to a lack of ability, but because true progress feeds off a constant moulding discomfort which is difficult to stand in the centre of.

“How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?”

 

More British metal on this weeks list! This time its Harbinger. They recently played at the 2019 Bloodstock Open Air Festival wherein preparation, they had a video released for ‘Descendants’.

The video itself compromised of footage from the band’s appearance at this years Tech-Fest in July.

 

Next, Rising Duo Black Futures have shown what they’re capable of in ‘Body & Soul’. It’s the latest video to come off their upcoming release, ‘Never Not Nothing’.

On the track, they commented:

“‘Body & Soul’ is a simple, singular expression. We are all the same cocktail of matter squished together to form a body. A vessel for experience and feelings. It’s time to free yourself from the shackles of conformity.

Drain your brain of hyper-capitalist smug and become steward of all life! An empathy machine! Humans; the protectors of existence! Gather as a mass of humanity and have an apocalypse prevention party! Giving the meaningless meaning! I am you and you are me! Make Weird & Live Free!

Or summink like that! At least that’s what Joe Strummer told me in my dreams.”

 

Moving to the Glam Rock world (which I don’t know if it is a first but I’ll go ahead and say it is) is The Darkness. They have a new record, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’ which is set to be released on 4th October 2019 which will see them on a huge tour in support of the record. Let’s dive into the video.

 

Is the entertainment industry toxic? That’s just what iDKHOW are asking in their latest video released for ‘Social Climb’ as it shows both members Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman in a party of the living dead.

Weekes on the inspiration behind the track has said:

“’Social Climb’ is about my experiences living in L.A. for almost a decade, orbiting this world of celebrity and money… The parties that must be attended, the behaviors that must be adopted, and just not feeling part of that sphere. It’s what it feels like to be alone in a crowded room.”

 

 

Moving to one of the most exciting UK prospects in recent years is The Amazons. They’ve released a new single off their record ‘Future Dust’ ahead of their set at this years Leeds & Reading Festivals which started today!

Matt (Vocals) has said:

“I wrote 25 two months before I turned 25, to try to work out where I am in life. The song mimics the confusion that I constantly feel, that everyone my age feels. Are we all narcissists or are we really switched on?”

 

And I’ve saved the best track and video for last!

Slipknot are all anyone’s talking about in the Metal world at the moment and ahead of their upcoming Sixth studio record, the legends that they are have released a second single from the record. ‘Solway Firth’ is the name and our final pick in this week’s Music Video Roundup! Check it out below.

 

And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.

Music Video Roundup 02/08/19

It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. Up first in this weeks roundup are New Zealand based heavy metal trio ‘Alien Weaponry’. The video for ‘Blinded’ is the B-side to the ‘Ahi Ka’ 7″ single.

On the track, vocalist Lewis De Jong shared:

“The song has very personal meaning for me, but we wanted the video to leave things more open, so people can interpret it their own way. Piotr and Dwayne have really captured the notion of altered realities that we were going for, and we hope people will find their own messages in the images and the music.”

 

Next, this band wrapped up a set at this year’s 2000 Trees festival but the Danish powerhouse MØL have released a documentary-style video in a montage of footage of the band.

 

Cambridge rockers Mallory Knox are nearing the released of their self-titled fourth record this month and this is the latest offering which has followed ‘Guts’, ‘White Lies’ and ‘Black Holes’, all of which will be released onto the record.

Check out ‘Livewire’ below.

 

Heading into unfamiliar territory with this one, The Amazons have a fresh cut from their second record ‘Future Dust’ which was released earlier this year via Fiction Records, which comes ahead of their sets at this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals later this month.

Frontman Mattew Thomson has shared:

“We fell in love with [director] Thomas James’ vision for Doubt It early on. He tapped into the themes of temptation and recklessness and applied his love and knowledge for the Horror genre to come up with something special. In a twist of fate, the video was shot in Wales, the country in which we wrote and recorded Future Dust.”

 

Heading straight into heavier territory, the legends that are Skunk Anansie have premiered their brand new video for ‘What You Do For Love’, which is the first new music in three years for the band.

It’s pulled together lots of live footage from the recent EU leg of their 25Live@25 tour.

Speaking on the track, vocalist skin shared: “People always use love as the reason to do the most heinous things to each other.”

“The hardest songs to write are political ones which is why we always try to avoid them.

“They’re supposed to just instantaneously spill out of you due to pure vexation, or they sound insincere and you fall into tired old clichés. This is one of those moments of rage! Love always seems to be the reason why people do hateful things, which I’ve never been able to understand.”

 

Up next are Post-hardcore up and comers Anemoria who’ve debuted a video for ‘Cashmere Jungle’ which is the first piece of new material following last year’s self-titled EP.

It’s uncertain whether or not the song will remain as a stand-alone single, or if it’ll feature on a yet-to-be-announced EP or Record.

 

Heading over to Bristol, the Punks known as Idles have a new animated video for ‘Never Fight With A Perm’, which is a fan-favourite taken from last years record ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’.

It was created by the great team at Fluffer Records who used the beat ’em up video game concept for the song’s lyrics to tackle toxic masculinity.

 

Taken from the record, ‘Barriers’, Frank Iero & The Future Violents have dropped a video for ‘Great Party’.

Starring Surfbort, the video gets weird after Frank and his band performs.

On the track, Frank has shared:

“I knew immediately when we finished writing ‘Great Party’ that it needed to be a single off the record and that we needed to make a video for that song. when I wrote the treatment for it I could see the whole thing playing out in my head, and I knew that our friends needed to be cast in it! I saw this weird gathering that you couldn’t tell if it was an AA meeting or the worlds bleakest birthday, and I knew our friend Dani from Surfbort had to be the one to light the fuse that would turn everything on it’s head. I really love this video, it may have turned out even better than I first imagined it.”

 

Heading to the heavyweights for the final videos, the band making a name for themselves are TheCityIsOurs as they have released a video for ‘Don’t Wait For Me’, a single from their upcoming record, ‘Low’.

Mikey Page (Vocals / Guitar) has shared:

“‘Don’t Wait For Me’ was written about a relationship that was incredibly toxic. We wanted to highlight the effects that relationships of this nature can have. Toxicity in these scenarios is horrible for all those involved, but there is still a general stigma that often men are at fault within these relationships or they should just ‘suck it up’ and get on with it, and even though it isn’t widely spoken about, we’re just as vulnerable… We wanted to juxtapose the lyrical message with the music, to symbolise this stigma. On the surface, this track has a feel-good vibe, but if you dig deeper, you’ll uncover something far more vulnerable.”

 

Ending on the giants known as Asking Alexandria this week and just in case you’ve been living under a rock, they have recently released the mega video for ‘The Violence’ the band’s latest single which sees a little role reversal of the zombie genre and humans are the infected and zombies are their prey.

Danny Worsnop (vocals) has shared:

“‘The Violence’ was an incredibly rewarding song to create. Ben and I both got to go way outside anything we’d done before and create something fresh and engaging. Thematically the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth amongst the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division, and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power. As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough. I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve created here, we had a great time making it, and even more fun shooting the video!”