Chris T-T and the Hoodrats plus support TBC

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Writer and music maker Chris T-T is one of the UK’s most consistently acclaimed underground artists. Active since 1997, Chris has released nine albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008), as well as influential political protest record 9 Red Songs (2005) and most recently The Bear (2013).

He has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, Huffington Post, NME.com, New Public Thinkers and for four years wrote a weekly column on the arts in The Morning Star. He has spoken at TEDx, Boring Conference, SOAS, Brighton Digital Festival, Interrogate! at Dartington Hall, AIM Music Connect, Leeds University, Great Escape Convention, UC Falmouth and many others.

“A national gem of a songwriter.”
THE INDEPENDENT

Emerging from roots in late 90s lo-fi and psych-folk, Chris first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban folk. More recently he has developed into an influential figure of UK songwriting; crossing barriers between punk, psych-pop and English folk, inspiring a generation of successful home-grown artists.

Chris has played shows around the world with artists such as Ben Folds, Elbow, The National, Divine Comedy, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Frank Turner, Delgados, British Sea Power, Arab Strap, Carter USM, Marcus Brigstocke, Madrugada, Robyn Hitchcock, Stewart Lee, Iain Sinclair and many others. He has played piano for Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.

In 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme, as an act of civil disobedience in support of Paul Chambers’ Twitter Joke Trial.

Chris has also performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project; re-soundtracked live cult Japanese film Battle Royale for Soho’s Other Cinema and composed music on commission for the Natural History Museum and the World Health Organisation.

In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, singing new versions of A.A. Milne’s 1920s childrens’ poems. In 2012, his blog entry criticising the Olympics Closing Ceremony, Not Just Shit But Dangerous brought 65,000 readers to his site in two days.

Chris T-T’s 9th album The Bear, recorded with his band lineup Hoodrats, was released by Xtra Mile Recordings in October 2013.

“One of the great underground artists of our time.”
JON SNOW

“Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day Blake.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES

DATE: Thurs 2 October

VENUE: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High St, Cheltenham

DOORS: 7.30pm

ENTRY: £5 in adv from WeGotTickets/£6 OTD (Tickets on sale from Tuesday 19 August)

Oxygen Thief (FULL BAND), Carnivores, Atrevido, White Crosses

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OXYGEN THIEF

Oxygen Thief is solo acoustic act from Bristol recently morphed into a 3 piece riff machine - not your usual
singer-songwriter-adds-backing-band fayre…more metal-guitarist-goes-acoustic-whilst-continuing-to-play-
riffs-and-then-added-the-band-back-in-eventually.

Recently seen on tour with Mongol Horde (Frank Turner’s side project), InMe, Chris T-T & The Hoodrats, and
Jonah Matranga (onelindrawing, Far) and performing at Download, 2000 Trees, Camden Rocks and Hevy festival, new
album “The Half-Life of Facts” was released in June through Xtra Mile Recordings.

"acerbic, catchy, delivered with the momentum of a steam train", Kerrang! KKKK
"a full-throttle garage-inspired assault on the senses", Rock Sound

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CARNIVORES

'Described by the NME as sounding like “Weezer being beaten up by The Dillinger Escape Plan”, Carnivores draw
influence from Fugazi, At The Drive-In, Idlewild, Helmet, Elvis Costello and Nirvana.

Carnivores are a three-piece rock band based in Paisley, Scotland. Formed by college friends Kenny Leckie, and
Grant MacCall - Carnivores got to work the old fashioned way, touring every venue imaginable in Scotland in
their battered estate car, building a fans show by show.

They quickly have gained a reputation as one of the
hardest working and incendiary live bands in Scotland - taking on guerilla gigs in abandoned buildings,
countless house parties and most impressively 450ft up in the Glasgow Science Centre Tower, the tallest fully
rotating structure in the world. It has been broken ever since.

“Our live shows are a release for us. We rehearse in a tiny room and we work boring day jobs so when we do a
show, we always go crazy and unleash our frustrations. Nothing is planned in advance, it’s all in the moment
type stuff. Anything could happen”, says lead singer and guitarist Kenny.
New album, ‘Let’s Get Metaphysical’ is released October 27th on Smalltown America

ATREVIDO

Formed as a ‘project’ November 2011, the four members decided to write the music that they wanted to play, using a variety of influences and the ideas of each member. Their first shows were well received, and the band continued to play locally over the following 18 months, also recording a series of demos in that time, some of which were released via social media. The summer of 2013 brought about some member changes, a large amount of songwriting, and a general change in the ethos of the band into something more permanent, that better suited the ambitions of the now 5 members. Atrevido relaunched themselves in early 2014 through Etc. Records with their debut E.P ‘Death is a Navigator’, available to listen to on Spotify, and for purchase on Bandcamp. A busy 2014 has seen the band grow in stature, earning them a slot at 2000 Trees festival amongst other summer events. They will record a follow up E.P to ‘Death is a Navigator’ in August 2014 with producer Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Paulo Nutini).

WHITE CROSSES 

4 piece melodic punk band from Cheltenham 

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Tickets £4 in adv from WeGotTickets or £5 OTD

Date: Thursday 16 October 2014

Doors: 7.30pm

Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High Street, Cheltenham

John Power (Cast/The La’s) Acoustic Show

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A legend of the 90s indie scene, John Power was an integral part of seminal band The La’s before going on to front successful britpop act Cast who had a string of Top 20 hits from 1995 onwards. He’ll be playing an intimate acoustic show with support from Joe Summers and Joe Richardson.

Tickets on sale HERE

Date: Saturday 15 November 2014

Doors: 7.30pm

Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High St, Cheltenham

Entry: £10 adv from WeGotTickets or £12 OTD

Waiting for Kate, King Solomon, Damon T

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**A NIGHT OF BLISTERING SKA, REGGAE AND BLUES!**

WAITING FOR KATE

Waiting for Kate weren’t born, rather they emerged in 2009, kicking and screaming, from the remnants of Cheltenham’s finest Ska band, SKANKt. Adding a big beat, funky, alternative edge to their ska backbone, Waiting For Kate have since been dubbed ‘The party band’ by Venue Magazine. 2010 saw the release of WFK’s debut EP ‘The Loose Goose’, a mini album of class, pulling together a sound as eclectic as, imagine this if you can, a Talking Heads track covered by Groove Armada and performed by Manu Chao! With over a decade of experience, honed from touring the UK with the likes of The Selector, Bad Manners, Capdown and King Prawn, these guys are a formidable live act and one that you certainly don’t want to miss!

KING SOLOMON

King Solomon began as a song-writing project by Kingsley Salmon in 2010 with an aim to produce original UK reggae music. Massive influence from Jamaican and British reggae artists have contributed to this new sound. Artists like Gregory Isaacs, Alborosie, Alton Ellis, Black Roots, The Skints, Restriction and even a little bit of early UB40.

The new 8 piece band are finally stepping on to the stage with a fresh take on an classic music. Described as chilled out, intense, downbeat, regal reggae that will get you dancing.

King Solomon are aiming to make an impact in the music scene and are not to be missed.

Damon T

New York City born singer-songwriter & musician influenced by traditional blues, folk, americana roots music. Original music has a bluesy, cinematic style with percussion form of guitar playing accompanied by soulful vocals, whilst performing a unique blend of popular covers.

Date: Friday 8 August

Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High St, Cheltenham

Doors: 8.00pm
ENTRY: £4/£3 NUS

Andy Oliveri + friends, Honolulu Knights, colourmejordan at The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham

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A rare treat! Local folk singer-songwriter Andy Oliveri will be previewing some new tracks and a small taste of the joyousness he’ll be unleashing on the imminent 2000trees Festival in a couple of weeks time!

http://andyoliverimusic.bandcamp.com/

Joining him will be excellent new electro duo Honolulu Knights formed from the ashes of the critically-acclaimed Aspen Sails!

http://honoluluknights.bandcamp.com/album/moves

Opening the night will be local singer-songwriter colourmejordan with a wide range of influences such as Half Noise, City and Colour and A Great Big Pile of Leaves to name a few.

http://colourmejordan.bandcamp.com/

Date: Friday 4 July 2014

Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Tickets: £4/£3NUS on the door

Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz
Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz
Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz
Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz
Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz
Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz
Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz
Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz

Pictures from the SECRET HOUSE SHOWS on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May as part of The Decent Days and Nights Weekend. Acts featured: Mark Morriss, Dan Hartland, Adam Kammerling, Luke Concannon, Jimmy Davis, Josh Idehen. Pics by Rachel Miles Edmunds and Brigi Racz

2000trees Festival ticket winner!

We ran a little competition for someone to win a ticket to 2000trees Festival. The simple task was to draw a frightened looking rabbit. The competition was stiff with some very frightened, very rabbit drawings coming our way. However, after much deliberation we could only narrow it down to a final three. So we opened it up to a vote on our SECRET HOUSE SHOW page. The eventual winner was Mary Addison with…

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The other two in the final shortlist were:

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Danielle Kenyon

And:

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Molly Rudoni

Thanks to everyone who took part and especially to Molly and Danielle for two brilliant entries!

Win yourself a ticket to 2000trees Festival 2014!

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I write this listening to the rain lashing against the living room window, puddles forming on the garden path with all of this happening against a backdrop of grey-like-slate skies.

It’s at times like these you really appreciate the comforts of a warm home. It’s also at times like these you wish you hadn’t locked yourself out of the warm home and that you were in the warm home listening to the rain from the comforts of the warm f*cking home. 

Anyway, since that last paragraph I’m now in the comforts of the warm f*cking home. The owners will be back soon though, so I’ll be quick:

Point being, the home isn’t important right now - 2000trees Festival is. Having been set up in 2007 by a group of music-loving friends, 2000trees was born out of frustration with the ever increasing corporate sponsorship and ‘musical merry-go-round’ nature of the larger mainstream British festivals.

Disillusioned by extortionate ticket prices and over-priced food and drink, this band of festival veterans vowed to take matters into their own hands and in true punk-rock style set about developing the perfect antidote.

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Frank Turner

Flash forward to 2014, the festival is mightier than ever with a growing reputation as one of the best ‘small’ events in the festival calendar. ‘Small’ of course is relative. Up to 5,000 underground music lovers will be pouring into Upcote Farm near Cheltenham between 10-12 July to see the likes of Band of Skulls, Frightened Rabbit, Blood Red Shoes, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Public Service Broadcasting, The Bronx and Jamie Lenman. They’ll berubbing shoulders with more local acts such as Atrevido, Andy Oliveri, EMP!RE, Kitten and Bear, The Cadbury Sisters and Joe Summers

It’s on this very issue of the continued support and development of local, grassroots music that 2000trees has traditionally set itself apart from many other festivals. 2014, however, sees them take it even further.

The festival will feature two ‘bigger and better’ new stages named in tribute to now fallen music venues in Cheltenham and Bristol. It is also backing the national campaign to save independent music venues from closure.

The Axiom stage, named after a famous former music spot in Cheltenham will feature the very best new and underground rock and indie music including Wolf Alice who recently featured on the front cover of NME. While The Croft, named after a similar venue in Bristol, will see more acoustic and folk acts performing.

There will also be a new wooded area called Forest Sessions at the award-winning festival, taking the total to six stages plus three busking boxes for the public to perform on too.

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Treehouse Stage

Founder James Scarlett backed the ‘Save our Venues’ campaign which is gathering speed across the UK and promised the changes will make ‘amazing new additions’ to the festival.

“Many of the UK’s independent music venues are under serious threat which is a really big problem for the industry,” he said. “We want to highlight this by naming our new stages in tribute to important local venues that have sadly already closed.

“These are the places where acts like Frank Turner and Frightened Rabbit cut their musical teeth and without them the UK music scene will be further flooded by major label signings and X-Factor winners.

“We urge music fans to support their local venues and their local festivals too. Either use them or lose them.”

Fancy winning a ticket to 2000trees Festival?! Yes, yes you do.

All you have to do is this: draw us a picture of a frightened rabbit. Yep, use MS Paint, pen, paper, crayon - whatever you want and draw a rabbit looking frightened! Post the image on your tumblr and point us to it! Or tweet it/Instagram it to us @CheltenhamUnder and tag it #cheltenhamunderground. Or… post it to our Facebook page

We’ll choose the best one by 6pm on TUESDAY 27 May to win the ticket… COMMENCE!