Throughout the weekend The Forest acoustic stage saw so many performers play that catching them all would’ve been a massive task in itself. Choosing the stand out performance for each day seemed the easiest option and so here are the reviews of each act we saw across the Thursday, Friday and Saturday respectively. With this being the first time Musicology have attended 2000 Trees, some future planning will take place for a bigger review of this mighty fine stage when we next attend!
Acoustic sets aren’t something Black Peaks are overly familiar with, as frontman Will Gardner explains this is only their time performing in this manner. Nevertheless, he and guitarist Joe Gosney produce an admirable performance. The stripped back nature of the set allows Gardner’s vocals to come to the fore, demonstrating his impressive range. The set contains highlight tracks from the band’s debut album Statues, such as Saviour and Hang ‘em High. The vocalist’s screams maintain their strength even sat down. Closing the set with a cover of Jack Garret, Gardner finishes up with an impromptu saxophone solo. The band’s songs come under a different light as acoustics, bringing greater emphasis to their meaning, whilst lacking the pure energy that the band bring in full shows. [7/10]
Early afternoon at 2000 Trees and the serene setting of the Forest Acoustic Sessions stage was absolutely packed out to hear Moose Blood frontman Eddy Brewerton perform some songs solo. The set worked as something of a preview to their headline slot later, as many of the same songs were played. Opening with Honey, the crowd seemed content to listen rather than sing along. The frontman restated his previous revelation that he struggles with talking between songs, but the silences as he retuned every few song became slightly awkward, detracting from the experience. Other songs on the set were Pups, Bukowski and Knuckles. It was a nice change to Moose Blood’s usual electric performances, but nothing sensational. [6.5/10]
Itch (The King Blues) Acoustic
The verbose frontman of The King Blues played an intimate acoustic set on 2000 Trees Forest Acoustic stage armed only with his ukulele. Itch made his way through a number of songs from different albums within The King Blues discography including Underneath This Lamppost Light and Shooting Fascists with some poems in between songs. The stripped back rendition of the songs allows the meaning to really sink in, leading to a politicised set which any fan of the band could have expected. The vocalist also debuted a new song from an upcoming The King Blues album called Bullingdon Boys, unashamedly aimed at the Etonian boy’s club. It’s an interesting song showcasing some quality writing. Itch finished on a throwback cover of Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, pausing at the climax of the song to explain how it used to work on stage with the man himself. It’s an amusing break before a calm end to the set. [7/10]
words by Tom Martin