The band will be joining Jimmy Eat World at Upcote Farm this summer.
In what might be a small amount of light in a truly dark time for live music, 2000Trees Festival have announced their final two headliners- AFI and Thrice who join Jimmy Eat World.
A word from James Scarlett, festival organiser:
“Clearly these are difficult times in the World and indeed, the festival industry and it would seem that uncertainty is everyone’s new normal. However, as it stands, we’re still super hopeful that 2000trees 2020 can go ahead in July as planned. Obviously we don’t have a crystal ball though, so we are looking into all possible options and should the ban on gatherings continue for the next few months, we may have to look at moving 2000trees to later in the year. But again, as it stands, we sincerely hope this won’t be necessary. As people can probably imagine, you don’t just magic a festival out of thin air the week before, therefore we are continuing to work behind the scenes on 2000trees 2020. This way we can make sure that, when we get the green light, we have everything in place to host an amazing party for everyone. And for an amazing festival, you obviously need headliners!
With that in mind, we’re very excited to let everyone know that when this has all passed, AFI and Thrice will be joining Jimmy Eat World as 2000trees headliners. Not only that, but we also have 16 more bands to get excited about.
For now though, the most important thing we can all do is keep looking after ourselves and in turn others, take advice from the experts and support the most vulnerable in our communities. Big love to everyone.”
California’s beloved punk rock band AFI will headline on Friday 10 July. This will be the bands first festival headliner slot and first UK appearance in three years.
“I was reading that 2000trees was started by a group of friends who said, ‘We want to start a festival,’ and I think that’s amazing.” says Jade Puget of AFI. “I wish that would happen all over the world, because there’s less corporate interest and when it’s being run by people that clearly love music good things can happen. Even if it’s not the biggest festival in the world, those festivals are important and they’re putting bands on the bill that may not yet be able to play those huge events and that’s incredibly important to foster.”
Thrice are our final headliners and will close out Saturday 11 July and we have the European exclusive of the band playing their incredible album ‘Vheissu’ in full, along with all the other huge songs from their catalogue. The band recently toured this in the US for the 15th anniversary so we are excited to bring it to the festival.
“Any time you can get a fresh take on the live music experience and not have it filtered through something that’s been going for too long is cool. I think this sounds really exciting, especially being out in the trees and the mud and all that!” says Dustin Kensrue
Other bands announced include the brilliant pop rock of Against The Current, heavy festival favourites Black Peaks, Japanese chaos that is Crossfaith, one of the most talked-about new artists from Australia The Chats, including being loved by the legend that is Dave Grohl will be coming to play their hilarious songs say “Can’t wait to crack open a few tins and make some new mates at 2000 Trees this year, hope you’re all ready to party, see ya’s at the bar ” Yes indeed.