The countdown is on to 2000 Trees, and despite the country's recent bout of poor weather, the line up really looks set to shine! Taking place at the beautiful Upcote Farm in Gloucestershire, the festival has a small, friendly atmosphere with a capacity of just 4,500 people – all set to go out and have a most excellent weekend with fancy dress and a silent disco just a few of the treats on offer. The festival has built its reputation on getting the cream of the UK's alternative scene and 2012 is no different. So let's now take a look at some of the bands who are set to be highlights. Although with a line up this good, there are bound to be clashes and impossible decisions.
After a stellar cast of bands including Tall Ships, Tellison and Three Trapped Tigers play on Thursday to those lucky enough to get an early bird ticket, Oxford lads Gunning For Tamar open the main stage on Friday. A powerful four piece signed to Alcopop! Records, the boys have a gift for emotive and intricate melodies and were made for this festival. They'll set people up nicely for a weekend of awesome bands. The second stage, The Cave, plays host to a whole host of heavy bands on Friday – many of whom may fill the tent by the time they play their first note. Our advice is get there early for Rolo Tomassi, Gallows and Pulled Apart By Horses.
The Leaf Lounge, the small tent, also has some amazing performances lined up – Crazy Arm will surely get people dancing, while My First Tooth never fail to raise a smile and The Xcerts' headline set may well be the sing-along set of the weekend. Meanwhile, the main stage has the likes of Maybeshewill, festival veterans The Futureheads and a 65daysofstatic headline set. Dry The River's evening set will put them in good stead for the huge shows they're likely to progress to in the very near future.
All those amazing bands and there's still another day yet! Saturday finds the likes of Future of the Left, Hymns and last year's 405 Readers Album of the Year Winner Brontide pummelling festival goers' eardrums, while for those needing something a bit more gentle as they shake off their hangovers, the main stage has the anthemic melodies of The Bronze Medal, the glorious harmonies of Dog is Dead and the 80s teen soundtrack charm of Summer Camp. Playing before Guillemots close the festival, Hundred Reasons performing their seminal 2002 album Ideas Above Our Station in its entirety has already captured the attention of many and this set will have people old enough to know better punching the air and singing their hearts out to the likes of 'I'll Find You', ‘Silver' and 'If I Could'.
Johnny Foreigner, Lucy Rose and Among Brothers will all be playing in the Leaf Lounge on Saturday, showing that you're likely to find an awesome band wherever you find yourselves on site. Over the course of the weekend, The Greenhouse stage will also be home to Aspen Sails, Ben Marwood and Sam Russo. All this, and we haven't even mentioned the quality food on offer, the Alcopop! Records acoustic takeover or the sheep dog trials. Yes, sheep dog trials.