Wednesday, 20 July 2011

...on holiday pt 3 (2000 TREES!!)

Artist's camping and backstage access wristband :D

So, after my lovely bit of downtime mid-week, Thursday happened and it was time for 2000 Trees . More exactly, it was time for us to pick up a hire car in Dundee and drive - via Glasgow to pick up bandmembers - overnight to Cheltenham. The weekend that ensued was nothing less than epic - Random radio stations, many service stations, a lot of tea, coffee and energy drinks to get us to...

supplies
ready to go - DH&theRFPB, Gareth, me, Absinthe.
No sleep till 2000 TREES!
....THE BEST FESTIVAL I HAVE EVER BEEN TO. 2000 Trees (which is a green festival) is full of everything I love. Ace folky/punky/accoustic/politcal music. Delicious good quality/freerange/organic food(how many festivals do you go to that have a chorizo stand?!). Lots of crafts and activities. Bunting, paper stars, lace, fairy lights. Cups made from vegetable starch, all wrapping biodegradable. Bins so that you can sort out your rubbish for recycling. CLEANISH TOILETS. Beer and cider from small breweries. And it was on a farm by lovely woods. we camped about 20ft from a pond. A pond with ducks,  a herd of sheep in the next field...

2000 TREEEEEEEEES handmade signs (approx 7am)

...An that's not to mention artist's camping and backstage access, drinking at 7.30am, stupid but hilarious to us catchphrases (SCIENCE!), sheep jokes, Woody saving me and lending me his spare shoes when I got blisters,Absinthe (Oh good God, I have just remembered us drunkenly offering Scroobius Pip some of our Absinthe), walking through a field of poppies to get to the red, leafy, starry, lacy, buntingy tent the boys played in, sitting on bales of hay, fruit juice, Doritos, ice cream for breakfast, singing Party Hard, busking and singing cheesy alt/punk songs in the rain by a fairy light covered tree. IT WAS AWESOME. Our tent leaked and even that didn't spoil the awesome!

breakfast ice-cream (homemade sauce)


poppies everywhere
Woody's shoes. making my feet cosy since 9am.
almost practice
CUP MADE OF VEGETABLE STARCH.
If you go down to the woods today...
 (this is the backstage area!)
Bar tent - lace and bunting!
DH&the RFPB - prettiest stage ever!
FOLK-PUNK
hay-bales and punk boys.
Oxygen Thief 'PARTY HARD!'
Ben Marwood - beautiful, somewhat wistful, earnest music
LOVELY guy.
Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, capturing
everyone's hearts on the main stage. <3
Busking in the rain...
 We drove home on Saturday afternoon - sad to miss Frightened Rabbit, but unwilling to sleep in leaky tents again. More banter, more service stations, more chat, and lots of replaying good/funny/stupid/ridiculous bits of the weekend.  I am VERY lucky to live this life, and be part of this.

15 comments:

Julia said...

What a fab weekend u had!! Great photos! (and yep I can remember that scroobious pip song from 2007!!!)

Julia @ Retro Jules

HannahB said...

Ahhhh! what a lovely lovely post! It made me WISH I was going to a festival this year! Lovely photo's too.

Lady Jack said...

How fun!! The breakfast ice cream is the only way to go! :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh fun! Sounds like an awesome festival. Love the bunting and the food stands! So cool! And the ice cream pics? Delectable. Sounds like a fabulous time!!

Miss E said...

What an amazing idea! We have festivals here in Australia that try to be green, but can't seem to get there 100%. I'm taking part in Box of Crayon's Journal project too, so I thought I would pop over and follow you! xx

annelise said...

This sounds fantastic! The photo of the band walking towards the woods is my favourite. The long hair and the guitar slung over. It's perfect. I hope these memories stay with your forever :)

Siobhan said...

So happy you had such a lovely time. x

Joanna Watson said...

Sounds and looks like a brilliant weekend!

amy b.s. said...

wow. this looks amazing!

Natasha said...

I've been to Exit this summer.. It's definitely one of the best festivals in Europe :)

islabell said...

uh, that sounds amazing. i love it when people take care to make things green so a whle festival would be amazing. Also you have ice cream for breakfast...yes! x

Fay said...

This looked like so much fun! Hay bales! Bunting! Poppies! Music! Yesss!

Lynne said...

How lovely to camp beside poppies! And sounds like a lovely weekend LM, except for all that driving... x

Gaynor {Our Day by Design} said...

Ive never heard of 2000 trees before; looks like you had a fab time.

Ive never ever been to a festival camping!

aDizzyGirl said...

Aww,, looks fab. I miss festivals, but i do not miss cold, leaky tents (and other TITP festival goers). This one looks very civilised.