As part of the growing BIMM Festivals programme, this year’s 2000trees Festival welcomed BIMM on board for the second year running to its beautiful home at Upcote Farm in Withington, Cheltenham for a weekend of award-winning festival fun from 9th to 11th of July.
Three days, five stages, eighty acts and five thousand festival goers made up the 2000trees weekender and BIMM was there in force as our students hosted, stage managed and performed at The Forest Sessions stage for the duration.
Tucked away in leafy woodland, there were live music sets from BIMM artists Sam Brockington, Bridges, Rozelle, Lu’ami, Akcadamy, Yonaka, Liberto Wolf, Mikey Vickers, Bella Figura, Daniel Abrahamsson, Glass City Vice, Joe Dolman, Aaron Rowe, Written In Waters and Tail Feather.
Suzi Ireland, BIMM Artist Promotion and Festival Manager, said:
“We had twenty three BIMM bands playing at the Forest Sessions over the weekend. The stage was entirely run and stage managed by BIMM Production students and all went swimmingly. The crew did an excellent job of keeping everything running on time, and making everything sound great. All the artists nailed their sets and it was lovely to see so many artists supporting each other.”
With BIMM students also making appearances at this year’s Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Y Not Festival, Glass Butter Beach and ArcTanGent, the Festival Programme is shaping up to be a crucial part of the annual BIMM calendar.
Whether onstage or backstage, BIMM students reap enormous benefits from seeing the music world out in force at the festival experience. Small festivals like 2000trees are an excellent way to hone skills and of course give a rare chance to hear and play new music in a beautiful woodland setting, and to meet like-minded musicians and students. As Suzi Ireland says:
“This environment brings together BIMM students from across all the centres and gives them a chance to network and to make friends. I know that there are at least six cross-centre collaborations happening due to the students meeting at 2000trees, probably more. Overall, a great success!”
Watch the highlights below