By Tom McGlynn
The multi-award winning 2000 Trees Festival at Upcote Farm arguably has one of the best festival line ups in the UK this year for fans of alternative music, with massive names across the genres of punk, pop punk and grunge making appearances over the three-day weekend. There's so much to see over the course of the festival that it's hardly possible to cover it all, but these are the artists that we'd recommend most from 2017's huge line up.
Friday - Main Stage
Ex-Reuben vocalist Jamie Lenman is set to make an exclusive appearance on Friday at this year's festival, and it promises to be a heavy one. Lenman has experimented with every alternative genre under the sun in his huge career, from folk and singer/songwriter to punk and hardcore. His new material, singles Mississippi and Waterloo Teeth are a comeback to Jamie's early material with alternative punk outfit Reuben, and the performance is without a doubt set to be one of the most exciting sets of the weekend.
Listen to: The Six Fingered Hand, Mississippi
For fans of: Reuben, Frank Turner
The Wonder Years
Friday - The Cave
Critically acclaimed as one of the greatest pop punk bands of all time, The Wonder Years are heading back to the UK for the third time since the 2015 release of their latest and best album, No Closer to Heaven. The set promises all the highlights from their career as well as fan-favourites from the new record too - as emotionally charged as their regular live performances. The Wonder Years are definitely not to miss for anybody with a taste for pop punk - they're a band that have made relative history in a very relevant genre.
Listen to: Thanks For the Ride, The Bluest Things On Earth
For fans of: Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties, Tiny Moving Parts
Saturday - Main Stage
The overall headliners of 2000 trees this year, UK punk duo Slaves are set to put on a massive show on the main stage on the festival's Saturday night. They've found themselves all over British TV and radio with debut full-length Are You Satisfied?, and promise to play all their best efforts. Having gained huge popularity in recent years, Slaves are one of the best established live acts the UK has to offer.
Listen to: Cheer Up London, Feed the Mantaray
For fans of: The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock
Saturday - NEU
Having premiered their brand new single, Pawn, just over a week ago on 7th April, Fizzy Blood are one of the most exciting new bands to be following in the UK punk scene. With a sound reminiscent of Jamie Lenman and Pulled Apart By Horses (also appearing at the festival), the Leeds 5-piece bring heavy riffs together with harsh vocals and melodic choruses. Imagine Queens of the Stone Age combined with Frank Carter-type punk.
Listen to: Animals, Slither
For fans of: Jamie Lenman, Royal Blood
Lower Than Atlantis
Saturday - Main Stage
Lower Than Atlantis are no strangers to huge crowds, and 2000 Trees won't be an exception. The Hertfordshire quartet have just put out their fifth record, Safe In Sound, and will without a doubt attract one of the largest audiences of the weekend. They'll be bringing a touch of straight up, honest British rock to 2000 Trees - something that this year's festival is seeing a little less of, which is a welcome addition to any line up.
Listen to: Deadliest Catch, Normally Strange
For fans of: Don Broco, Mallory Knox
Saturday - NEU
After what seems like a huge break from the music scene, South Coast post hardcore quintet Acres are back with a brand new EP, In Sickness and Health, and are back to play the Saturday at 2000 Trees this year. Combining aggressive post hardcore with softer shoegaze themes, Acres are not to be missed for anyone with a taste for the heavier side of things at this year's festival.
Listen to: The Tallest of Mountains, Gloom
For fans of: Deafheaven, The Elijah
Tickets are still available for this year's 2000 Trees Festival from the official website and all the line up and travel information can be found here.