With it’s tenth year fast approaching, 2000 Trees have put together one of the finest line-ups of any UK festival this summer. But with so many great additions, how do you know which bands you must see, which bands put on the best show, which bands you need to check out before you leave Thursday morning? I’ve put together a comprehensive guide to both recommend and review the very best of the bands on the bill. Of course you’re going to see Neck Deep & Twin Atlantic, so I’ve decided to dig a little deeper for you lovely lot. So, without further adieu, let’s get on with what Friday has to offer for you all! Here are the five (and a bit) most essential bands you need to check out this Friday!
**Band Times Will Be Updated Once Made Available**
Press To Meco – The Axiom
Sounding like Sikth had a rough date with the rhythm section of Don Broco before a comforting chat with Lower Than Atlantis, Press To Meco are yet another musical melting pot thrown all over the crowds at this year’s festival. Tech-metal tinged with more pop-punk edged vocals, anyone looking for a change of pace this weekend need look no further than the boys from Crawley & Cordon. No matter who’s on that Friday, make sure you’re there to witness Press To Meco level The Axiom.
John Coffey – Main Stage
It’s a tragedy that John Coffey only came to my attention this year. As part of their run of final shows before what appears to be an indefinite hiatus, the band have made the decision to grace the Main Stage at 2000 Trees this year. Pulling influence from bands like Gallows & Thursday headliners The Bronx, the boys from The Netherlands are sure to make an emotional goodbye statement this coming weekend, and leave hundreds wishing they’d come along for the ride a little earlier, myself included. Check out their recent E.P. A House For Three and be a part of the celebration of the career of John Coffey.
Palm Reader – The Cave
Listen, you don’t need me to bang on any more about Palm Reader. If you need any reference for how fucking mind-blowing this set will be, please do my site traffic a favour and refer back to the several reviews over the past two years, or my interview with drummer Dan Olds. Expect one of, if not the heaviest performances of the weekend, in the vain of Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Steer clear of that bass when & if it gets thrown out, too. Just a warning. Be there. Seriously
Brawlers – Main Stage
Hot on the heels of their literally-just-released E.P. The Black E.P., Brawlers hit the stage this Friday with feel-good punk rock and a really red hat. Heading down from Leeds, the band sport an already impressive collection of solid-gold singalongs with the likes of Annabel and Drink And Dial, but with the inclusion of new tunes, 2000 Trees can expect a little more than the standard excellent Brawlers show. Come on down, drink a beer, have some fun.
Krokodil – The Cave
Those of you looking for a little bit more tried and true, heavy-as-fuck metal this weekend needn’t move after Palm Reader (because if you’re there for this, why the hell wouldn’t you already be there?). The band’s 2014 debut Nachash was a suffocatingly heavy release, harkening back to no frills heavy metal of the early 2000’s. Featuring members of Gallows as well as Radio 1 Rock Show DJ Dan P Carter, the band showcase a collection of crushing riffs, sludgy bass and pounding stickwork behind a vocalist that closely resembles the sound of a wood sander getting pushed against a car door. Seriously though, see Krokodil, you won’t regret it.
Dinosaur Pile-Up – The Cave
A seemingly young outfit with three superb records under their belt, the fuzzed-up alt-rock of Dinosaur Pile-Up comes all the way from Leeds (again), treating onlookers to their bouncy, Nirvana-infused spacey riffage. Looking toward a tour supporting American emo-rock underdogs Basement later on this month, big things can be expected in Dinosaur Pile-Up’s near future. WATCH THEM. They were really, really good supporting Weezer, too.
Check back tomorrow for a round up of the best (and the rest) of Friday at 2000 Trees!