2000 Trees Festival 2019 Review

Started by six friends in 2007 as an “antidote to the massive mainstream festivals” – and boy at that time did we need it – 2000 Trees has grown to become one of the best medium-sized festivals in the country, now capped at a 10,000 capacity. While the musical line-up is broadly based around the founders’ love of alternative rock, in truth it’s far more eclectic, especially the many smaller stages dotted around Upcote Farm, with everything from hardcore screamo to acoustic sessions in a fairy-light lit forest.

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Washed Out Festival 2019 Review

Now in its third year, local Brighton promoter Patrick McNaught’s Washed Out Festival continues to go from strength to strength. Even with Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar no more, there’s no stopping the show as new venues Latest Music Bar and Patterns are added to the roster. Due to weather and other commitments, it’s a slightly truncated visit for us this year – missing all the warm-up fun on Friday night – but nevertheless the usual one of discovery into the DIY punk scene.

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Washed Out Festival 2018 Review

Washed Out Festival returned for it’s second year last weekend, bigger and better than before. Taking its cue from Dot to Dot and the early days of The Great Escape, Brighton’s premier punk festival saw 68 acts play across eight stages, over two days. Here’s a look back at how it all went down…

Friday

The new warm-up night starts upstairs in Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, one of Brighton’s many excellent independent music venues. As the wristband collection gets underway, the acoustic sound of Tim Loud rings out.

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Skinny Lister

If you are a regular gig and festival goer you will undoubtley have seen the name Skinny Lister on a line-up somewhere over the last few years.

Their ‘always on tour’ motto is probably only surpassed by Xtra Mile label-mate Frank Turner, who they’ve supported many times, and whose influence is easy to see. With tours alongside US heavyweights Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphy’s also under their belt, it’s not hard to see how they’ve perfectly honed the sound of self-proclaimed ‘trad-folk-punk’.

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Beans on Toast

Anyone who’s seen Beans On Toast before will know his act isn’t one for corporate arenas, making him the perfect champion for Independent Venue Week, which he’s supporting with seven days of gigs across Southern England and Wales.

That’s not to say the Braintree singer-sonwriter can’t hold his own on the big stage. He’s a regular at festivals all over the country and over the past few years has supported Frank Turner many times during his friend’s rise to fame, culminating at Wembley Arena in 2012.

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