It’s safe to say that Festival season is in the swing of things, with so many festivals now on our doorstep it’s hard to pick the best one to attend; one that’s the best value for money, one that’s booked a wide plethora of talent to tick everyone’s boxes, one that guarantees to show you the best time.
That being said there are a few festivals we thoroughly recommend, those that we’ve been busy pushing with each announcement made. One particular festival which was established in 2007, has continuously worked hard each year to provide exactly that, the best festival. 2000 trees, based in Cheltenham will soon boast it’s efforts when the gates swing open to welcome this year’s attendee’s and the festival’s best supporters- their fans.
The award-winning 2000trees Festival this year celebrates its ninth year near Cheltenham, on 9-11 July. Featuring the very best new and underground music on six stages, plus comedy, DJs, a silent disco, quality food and drink and children’s entertainment. The festival have announced it’s exceptional line up which include Alkaline Trio, Deaf Havana, Idlewild,And So I Watch You From Afar, Mclusky*, The Skints, Future of the Left, Kerbdog, Pulled Apart By Horses, Rory Indiana, Arcane Roots, The Xcerts, Bury Tomorrow, Allusondrugs, The Twilight Sad, Benjamin Booker, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Turbowolf, The Lion and The Wolf, Feed the Rhino, The Cadbury Sisters, Boston Manor, andDefeater to name a few.
To coincide with the fast approaching July dates, from now up until the day before the fun begins, Circuit Sweet will be hosting a special 2000 trees Artist Feature. Taking a closer look at some of the talent playing and introducing our readers to a handful of acts in a more personal manor; as we talk to the musicians to find out about their musical endeavours, their live sets and what we can look forward to from them on the day, as well as their top artist to see at trees.
Following on from our first feature to get you in the mood of this fast approaching highly anticipated event, we’ve had the utter pleasure in chatting to the lovely trio The Cadbury Sisters. The organic, wholesome talent are an act we’ve featured for the past year documenting their achievements. Having just returned from their debut performance at this year’s Glastonbury, we really are excited to get time to chat to this promising outfit.
Please introduce yourselves and your role within the band- How long have you been playing and performing live?
We are Jess, Mary and Lucy. I (Mary) sing, play bass guitar and electric guitar, Lucy sings and plays electric guitar and Jess sings and plays drums. We’ve been playing and performing live together for about four or five years.
How did you form and where did the name come from?
So we started singing together at open mic nights, with just Lucy on acoustic guitar and us all sharing vocals and harmonising, basically doing covers. Then we started writing our own songs, people started offering us gigs and the guys at our local open mic night said ‘Look girls we need to write a name down, what should we call you on the bill?’ … We’re sisters, and our last name is Cadbury… so they dubbed us ‘The Cadbury Sisters’! Kind of sums it up really!
What can we look forward to from your live performance during this years highly anticipated festival?
This year, you’ll see us with a totally new set up – last year we had a band playing with us, but this year we’ve taken it all on ourselves, with Jess and I making up the rhythm section, and Lucy is on the electric much more. Expect a mix of new songs and old songs, energy, intensity and harmonies.
What do you think you each bring to your live performances, sell your showmanship, sell us your sets.
OK – so first of all we’re all on instruments now – you’ve got Jess on drums, she drives the songs effortlessly and keeps it all together. She also brings the chat – the amounts of times she’s said something hilarious to a heckler, or come out with something that I wasn’t expecting at all…
Lucy is a little firecracker – high energy and intensity. It’s amazing seeing how her performing has changed since she stepped out from behind the acoustic guitar. She’s a natural.
And me…. I’m on bass now, which I’m pretty happy about. I bring the mellow low end to the performance.
What is it that you personally get from your performance?
I have loved live music since I was a teenager, and I think it’s an incredibly special experience both for the performer(s) and the audience. When you get up on the stage and perform, you’re giving a piece of yourself to every single person who’s watching you, and every single person watching you has invested a part of themselves in you by listening and connecting with your music. It’s scary, it’s exhilarating, and it’s something I’m really lucky and proud to be doing, but especially with my sisters. We keep pushing each other and ourselves to give more and more in our performance – I never want to get complacent.
How would you describe the reception to your presence?
We always have the best audiences and we don’t take that for granted!
How would you personally describe your own sound in one word?
Is there a particular track that you just love to play?
Sarah. It’s got a great energy and it feels amazing to sing.
Is there an artist you can’t wait to see at the festival, if so why?
The Xcerts. Murray has the most incredible voice.
Is this your first 2000trees experience?
No I’ve been going to Trees for five years now and we’ve played there for the last three.
What else are you looking forward to from this years event?
Getting to relax and enjoy the bands. Last year we played so many different sets that we didn’t really get to catch any bands so this year we’re going to watch a lot more music.
What makes a festival special to you?
How much effort the organisers put in to create that experience for their punters. It’s no small feat to create a space for and entertain thousands of people, and those people in turn bring their enthusiasm and desire for a good time – the combination is unbeatable.
Give us some festival advice- what one thing would you urge everyone to bring with them for this weekend?
A decent water bottle – rehydration is veeery important and if you have to keep buying bottles of water it’s not good for your wallet, the environment or you! There’s water points everywhere to refill, and the less you spend on bottled water, the more you can spend at the bar/ amazing food stalls.
Enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future- many other plans set for the rest of this year, be it touring, recording, releasing etc?
We’re itching to get writing and recording again. We are planning another tour in November and we want to fill out our set with more new songs and maybe even have a new EP ready.
And Finally any last words from you?
We can’t wait for 2000trees! See you there.
– Editors Note: Mary, Jess and Lucy what a pleasure, thank you so much for spending time with us and we personally can’t wait to catch you live.
Now you’ve discovered another great act from such an impressive line-up get excited to hear more. The countdown has well and truly begun, there is a small number of tickets left so if you’ve not got yours yet then don’t delay.