The first 2000TREES line-up an­nounce­ment is fi­nally here – and it’s a real tree- t. Say hello to YOU ME AT SIX, EV­ERY TIME I DIE, FRANK IERO, WHILE SHE SLEEPS and loads more amaz­ing bands!

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Sure as the sea­sons change, 2000trees seems to get big­ger and bet­ter each year – and 2019 will be no ex­cep­tion. Wey­bridge won­ders You Me At Six will head­line the main stage on Fri­day, while Buf­falo’s finest Ev­ery Time I Die are set to play their sec­ond al­bum, Hot Damn!, in full, along with a bunch of mosh-worthy tunes.

The fes­ti­val runs from July 11-13 on Up­cote Farm in the idyl­lic Cotswold Hills, and ’trees favourites While She Sleeps, Milk Teeth and Puppy will be mak­ing their wel­come re­turn, along with first-timers Frank Iero And The Fu­ture Vi­o­lents, Ther­apy?, Møl, Gouge Away, Ground­cul­ture and more. Oh, and if that’s not enough, Jamie Len­man will be host­ing the sec­ond it­er­a­tion of his per­son­ally-cu­rated Len­ma­nia within the fes­ti­val as well. Phew.

With that in mind, we grabbed You Me At Six’s Josh Franceschi and Ev­ery Time I Die’s Keith Buck­ley to talk about the im­por­tance of in­de­pen­dent fes­ti­vals, re­vis­it­ing for­ma­tive al­bums and how they plan to sur­vive the great outdoors. Or not…

Both You Me At Six and Ev­ery Time I Die will be mak­ing their first ap­pear­ances at 2000trees this year. Have you heard much about the fes­ti­val from other bands? Josh Franceschi, You Me At Six ( vo­cals):

“Yeah, I’ve heard that it’s a fes­ti­val with a nice vibe in a very pretty lo­ca­tion. We kind of wanted to do fes­ti­vals we hadn’t done be­fore this year, and 2000trees is one our friends have done and re­ally en­joyed them­selves. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, so I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing down there, do­ing what we do and giv­ing peo­ple a good time.”

Keith Buck­ley, Ev­ery Time I Die ( vo­cals):

“I haven’t, ac­tu­ally, but I’ve been look­ing at some pre­vi­ous line-ups and they seem to have some re­ally good bands come and play. The last place we be­long is on a strictly me­tal fes­ti­val. We’ve done our fair share of those and we don’t go over well. We don’t carry our­selves like a me­tal band, and we don’t play tra­di­tion­ally heavy me­tal mu­sic. I mean, Frank Carter & The Rat­tlesnakes played here. At The Drive In played, and that’s cool. There’s a good mix of bands this fes­ti­val has had, for sure, so I think we’re go­ing to be right at home.”

You Me At Six have been an­nounced as the first head­lin­ers. Do you ap­proach that with a dif­fer­ent mind­set than to one of your own shows, Josh?

Josh: “We try to take the same men­tal­ity that we have with our head­line shows. We think, ‘Right, even though they’re in the room and they ob­vi­ously want to be here, it’s now time to give them their money’s worth.’ So it’s a sim­i­lar ethos and mind­set at fes­ti­vals. Even if you sus­pect you’ll have a de­cent crowd or his­tor­i­cally at a fes­ti­val you’ve had good crowds, there’s al­ways that op­por­tu­nity as soon as you go out to win new peo­ple over. This is kind of un­charted ter­ri­tory for us. We know we fit in as a Read­ing & Leeds band and we know we fit in at Slam Dunk or Down­load or T In The Park, so to go to an­other fes­ti­val will be in­ter­est­ing to see how they take to us. I don’t think 2000trees would have asked us to head­line if they didn’t think we were a good fit, so I’m hop­ing that’s the case and ev­ery­one en­joys it!”

It’s early days, but do you have any thoughts on what kind of set list or show you’ll be de­liv­er­ing? Josh:

“I’ll be hon­est, I’m not en­tirely sure what kind of show we’re go­ing to put on at this point. When you’re head­lin­ing a fes­ti­val you ob­vi­ously want to put on a good per­for­mance, and for us pro­duc­tion-wise it will de­pend on what else we have go­ing on dur­ing that week­end. If there’s an op­por­tu­nity to bring in some cool stuff then we will. We’re hop­ing to have some new mu­sic out by the sum­mer as well. We’re ob­vi­ously still go­ing to be plug­ging away at [lat­est al­bum] VI, but we’re also hop­ing to in­tro­duce some new ma­te­rial into the set as well, so we’ll see.”

As for Ev­ery Time I Die, you’ll be play­ing Hot Damn! from

start to fin­ish. How did that come about? Keith: “We kind of of­fered it as a sug­ges­tion to make it novel and dif­fer­ent from any other show for the peo­ple who have seen

us be­cause we’ve been play­ing a lot re­cently. But [the fes­ti­val] seemed to like it and ran with it. We’ve played these songs ran­domly through­out the last few years, brush­ing up on them, and they’re fun to play. But what is it, al­most 20 years old? Six­teen? I’m re­ally hop­ing there are go­ing to be peo­ple there who have been into us for that long, be­cause if you haven’t been into us con­sis­tently since then and you go back and lis­ten to Hot Damn! you’re go­ing to re­alise it’s a ter­ri­ble record ( laughs)!”

Erm, what made you pick that record to play in its en­tirety then?

Keith: “Oh, I mean that tongue-in-cheek, but when I have to go back to study it I’m like, ‘Why did I do that here? Why are there so many fuck­ing lyrics in these songs?’ I think the dif­fer­ence is I was re­ally young and ex­cited to be in a band. It was so new so I was like, ‘I’m go­ing to max­imise my ex­pe­ri­ence and write fuck­ing thou­sands of words per song!’ I’m 40 now and these are tough songs to pull off. But I just kind of feel that’s where we re­ally started. I know we put out [2001 de­but al­bum] Last Night In Town pre­vi­ous to that, but Hot Damn! has al­ways been the one that put us on peo­ple’s radars and it was the one that was out the first time we came to the UK, so that’s a nice lit­tle throw­back. I think other than [2016 LP] Low Teens we play songs off Hot Damn! the most con­sis­tently at ev­ery show, so it will be a good time to break it out of the vault.”

Josh, did you find re­vis­it­ing and tour­ing

de­but al­bum Take Off Your Colours a

valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence last year?

Josh: “For sure. We just kind of went with our gut to cel­e­brate 10 years of Take Off Your Colours, even though we had just put out a new record. But it was an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge go­ing on tour and one night play­ing one set and the other night play­ing a dif­fer­ent show. It was also cool be­cause I felt like we had peo­ple who were com­ing to see the band for the first time in a few years, and so it was an op­por­tu­nity af­ter play­ing the al­bum in full to play some of our new shit and show them what’s go­ing on right now. And in gen­eral the re­sponse and the feed­back of the shows was pretty in­sane. So it was a spe­cial tour, and one we will look back on fondly I’m sure.”

Is it en­cour­ag­ing as both bands and fans to see in­de­pen­dent fes­ti­vals like 2000trees grow year-on-year?

Josh: “Of course. There are a lot of fes­ti­vals that are cur­rently in a bit of a stick-or-twist place where it’s like, ‘Do they ride the wave of what’s go­ing on cul­tur­ally?’ With­out nam­ing names, I saw a lot of line-ups last year that I still like, but I think, ‘Well, what is the DNA of your fes­ti­val now?’ So I think the rea­son fes­ti­vals like Slam Dunk, for in­stance, have suc­ceeded is be­cause it’s al­ways done ex­actly what it says on the tin. It’s al­ways of­fered ska, pop-punk, punk and over the years it has in­cor­po­rated sec­tions of hard­core and me­tal. They’ve em­braced it with­out shov­ing it down peo­ple’s throats. I think that’s why Slam Dunk has been suc­cess­ful, and no doubt why 2000trees has been suc­cess­ful.” Keith: “I think it’s the fu­ture. At least in tour­ing mu­sic, those are the things that are go­ing to get bands go­ing. When a band is try­ing to get on its legs, nowa­days you need to start play­ing clubs, but un­less you al­ready have a built-in au­di­ence it’s still hard to fill a club. So these fes­ti­vals that are able to do some­thing like this and get such a di­verse line-up and se­cure a venue outdoors, it feels like some­thing big. When you’re go­ing to one of these as a fan of mu­sic and your whole sur­round­ings feel so much larger than life it makes you want to en­joy the mu­sic. It makes you re­ally open to hear­ing new bands. You’re go­ing to need these fes­ti­vals, whether it’s to feed a fan base or to make one. So I think it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant for the scene.”

2000trees also boasts a load of ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties, from late-night karaoke to early-morn­ing yoga. Reckon you’ll be in­dulging in ei­ther? Josh:

“Prob­a­bly not the yoga! I’m just not that flex­i­ble, but I’ve al­ways got a bit of time for karaoke, for sure. I did karaoke a few weeks ago and I did Drake, but maybe I’ll do some­thing like All Saints’ Pure Shores – an ab­so­lute ’90s clas­sic that will get bums off seats.” Keith: “Nowa­days I hon­estly would be more likely to do the yoga! With the late-night stuff – es­pe­cially karaoke – my voice is just like an eggshell right now that I have to cra­dle and be very care­ful with, be­cause if I don’t get enough sleep or I talk too much it af­fects the show. I’m not as in­vin­ci­ble as I once was! But that’s al­ways some­thing about the UK fes­ti­vals with ev­ery­body camp­ing all the time. You guys are par­ty­ing non-stop, so there’s as much to see if you’re watch­ing a band or not.”

The fes­ti­val is held in some beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, but if you got stranded in

the mid­dle of the woods do you reckon

you would sur­vive?

Josh: “I think it would be a stretch, but I’d give it a go. I don’t think I’d last very long. But then again it’s one of those things where life has a weird way where just when you think you’re in the bin, you find a new level to tap into. On pa­per I would be ab­so­lutely fucked, but I think there are some other lev­els in me that I could rely on.” Keith: “Oh, God no! I would just curl up into a ball and cry un­til I passed away. I don’t think I could kill an an­i­mal, first of all. Se­condly, I have to have a com­fort­able bath­room. I would just fuckin’ fill up with my own tox­ins and ex­plode! And I can’t start a fire. So I’m to­tally use­less in the woods.” K!


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