Glastonbury may be a distant memory but the festival season is only just getting started for our BIMM students.

Last weekend saw the welcomed the return of 2000trees, and we couldn’t have been happier to be back in the idyllic countryside surroundings of Upcote Farm to celebrate the multi-award winning bash’s eleventh anniversary.

The festival – which has long championed the best in new and underground British music – saw a host of standout performances from Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, and former Gallows frontman, Frank Carter – who performed stripped back acoustic set on our very own Forest Sessions stage.


Our huge BIMM line-up also saw raucous appearances from both up and coming talent and a host of special guests, including Hundred Reasons. The British alt-metal stalwarts made a rapturous comeback in the scorching summer sun, playing to a packed crowd of music fans.

But by far the highlight of this year’s 2000trees was sharing the experience with our team of 30 talented BIMM Bristol students who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure this year’s show ran smoothly, which it did. The team undertook a number of key roles on the BIMM stage and around the festival while drawing on their talents and diverse skillset.

Highly professional and cool under pressure, our students exceeded all expectations and made a long-lasting impression on the festival’s organisers. Their efforts later earned praise from BIMM Bristol’s Events Management tutor Andy Rea, who also works as one of the main organisers of 2000trees:

“This year has been phenomenal for trees. And with the work experience for the students, I think it’s given real insight into how events management can be and just how professional you must be to succeed,” he told BIMM.

The festival also proved to be a fantastic networking opportunity for our students, with many making new friends and valuable music industry contacts throughout the three-day event.


Jules Pestano, who studies Music Journalism at BIMM Brighton explains:

“It’s been amazing to see how festivals work from the inside rather than as just a punter. The insight into the industry has been incredible.”

BIMM Manchester’s Oli Harkness, who formed part of our BIMM stage crew, added:

“The contacts you make through these BIMM events and festivals have been massively helpful. I’ve now found work outside of BIMM which is great.”

This year’s festival also saw performances from some of BIMM’s most prolific musicians. Among them was BIMM Brighton Songwriting student, Amelia Caesar, who wowed crowds on the Forest Sessions with an arresting Friday performance. Praising the event for its low-key vibe and serene Cotswolds setting, Amelia said:

“It’s one of the best stages I’ve ever seen. It’s an intimate vibe, and everyone listens to your set. It’s been great, I’ve loved it.”

We’ve also loved every minute of this year’s three-day extravaganza. BIMM have long enjoyed a successful partnership with 2000trees, and it’s been a real privilege to return to what is, without a doubt, one of the best independent music festivals in the country.

Thanks to all of the acts that performed on our stage and thanks also to our brilliant team of BIMM students, all of whom played a significant role in making this year’s festival such a monumental success.

POSTED ON: July 12, 2017
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