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2000 Trees Festival live review - Cheltenham

Live Review

Venue: Upcote Farm, Cheltenham

Post-rock and progressive metal acts bring an eclectic touch to this Cotswold's rock fest.

As the festival gets up to full tempo, there are probably a few members of the audience casting their minds back to 2011, when And So I Watch You From Afar headlined this very stage during their raucous tour in support of Gangs. Ending that set with both guitarists crowdsurfing, it’s fitting that on the Gangs tunes played by ASIWYFA tonight, like Search:Party:Animal and Gang (Starting Never Stopping), there’s boisterous crowd interaction.

When guitarist Matt Reynolds jumps from a speaker stack off the main stage, it’s clear that Heck have decided to kick off the second day in style. Taking their cues from experimental bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, they’re clearly as inspired by the stage antics of their heroes as their riffs, breaking drumsticks, stands, guitars and themselves with reckless abandon.

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