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First batch of acts unveiled for this year's 2000Trees music festival at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

By Jonathan Whiley

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HIP-hop and electronic beats duo Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip have been unveiled as part of the first wave of acts for this year’s 2000trees Festival.

The event, championing new and underground British music, takes place at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham from July 10 to 12.

Ex-Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman is also on the bill for the music extravaganza which on past occasions has featured the likes of Frank Turner and The Mystery Jets.

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip will headline the first night of the festival with Gnarwolves, Johnny Foreigner, Ben Marwood, The Retrospective Soundtrack Players and Oxygen Thief also part of the line-up.

2000trees organiser James Scarlett believes this year’s festival will be the best line-up to date and he was personally looking forward to the arrival of Jamie Lenman.

“Jamie was described as a proper actual genius by Front and his new album is a superb return to form of seemingly bottomless creativity and a gut-wrenchingly heavy array of tunes,” he said.

“We have it on good authority that he will be playing Reuben songs, so to say we’re delighted at 2000trees is a massive understatement.

“Our very own Camp Reuben, which is made up of super fans who come to 2000trees each year, will be very happy indeed.” The festival will be announcing a further 80 acts in the coming weeks and is looking forward to returning for its eighth incarnation this summer.

As ever the opening night, which takes place on a Thursday, will feature a touch of the old familiar.

“I absolutely love the 2000trees Thursday night,” James added.

“It just somehow feels special, like you are part of a secret club of Trees fans. It’s the hard core. The Superfans! Not only do they get the best camping spots, but the atmosphere in the Cave is always electric – we’re all in it together.

“The theory behind Thursday is we get bands from previous years to return.

“We choose mostly bands that have been popular with the Trees crowd over the years and also the odd band that is a favourite of the organisers.”

Created by a group of friends in 2007, 2000trees was borne out of frustration with the ever increasing corporate sponsorship and musical merry-go-round nature of the larger mainstream British festivals.

A band of festival veterans took matters into their own hands, creating an event which is now a firm favourite.

For tickets, visit www.twothousand treesfestival.co.uk

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