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Festival Organiser: James Scarlett of 2000trees & ArcTanGent Festivals

Festival Organiser : James Scarlett of 2000trees & ArcTanGent Festivals

Ever wanted to know what it is like to be a festival organiser? How do they book the bands? How do they arrange the order?  We caught up with James Scarlett from 2000trees and ArcTanGent and asked him just that:

Q) Hi James, 2000trees is less than a month away how are the preparations going?

A) It’s going great I think! The site is looking so beautiful in the sunshine and it feels like we’re pretty much where we need to be in terms of preparation. We’ve been doing this for 7 years now so I think we must be starting to get good at it – ha!

The next few weeks will be sent on the farm painting signs, putting up fencing and building straw bale urinals – all the glamorous stuff that no one else sees!

Q) This year you are putting on a second festival, ArcTangent – are you mad? 

A) We are most definitely mad. It’s going to be a crazy summer but I love my job - I get to book 150 of my favourite bands so what’s not to like? I always say that it’s a bit like playing “Fantasy Festivals” for most of the year – we sit at our computers thinking about what we’d want at our perfect festival and then try to put it into practise. Easy!

Q) What is the vibe at both festivals?

A) The thing that both festivals have in common is that we focus on quality in all aspects whether that be amazing, local food & drink or nice toilets or amazing bands or a beautiful farm location. We are very detail focussed and try to make sure that we give people the best experience we possibly can. We limit the capacities to 4,000 so the vibe ends up being very friendly – people at our festivals just seem to be so nice!

The festivals start to differ in vibe when you look at the music.

2000trees is a combination of lots of different types of guitar music whether that be folk (Frank Turner, Stornoway), rock (We Are the Ocean, Funeral for a Friend) or indie (Mystery Jets, King Charles) we offer something for all tastes. There are 90 bands and 4 stages so there is always something to see that you’ll like.

ArcTanGent on the other hand is much more focussed in its music style – we’ve gone for lots of post-rock and math-rock bands and the reaction to the line up has been incredible. There are people travelling from all over Europe and we’ve never had that at 2000trees! The line up include F*** Buttons, 65daysofstatic, Future of the Left, Tall Ships and about 65 others. It’s going to great!

Q) When does the preparation start for organising each festival, do you get any time off or is it as soon as one finishes you are planning the next?

A)The prep starts as soon as the last one finishes! We do get time off but it’s not necessarily straight after the festival. For most of the year, all I need is my laptop so I can quite easily be working from a beachside bar in Barbados, which is my plan for the end of 2013!

Q) How do you go about booking the bands and ordering the line up?

A) It’s a big job booking 150 bands across two festivals but music is my passion and I spend all year immersing myself in music through magazines and friends recommendations. I just book what I like and other people seem to like it too. As for ordering the bands on the line up, I just put them where I see them fitting although this doesn’t always go down well with the booking agents!

Q) Who would be your dream headliner?

A) Easy question… the Mars Volta.

Q) 2000trees is great at picking up underground British artists, Bombay Bicycle Club and Twin Atlantic have both played the festival in previous years – who do you think will explode this year?

A) Yep, we’ve had some bands blow up over the years which is great. Not least Frank Turner who played in our first year in 2007 and has now gone on to headline Wembley Arena. My tips for this year are Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, the Family Rain, Childhood, Empress and the Physics House Band. All amazing up and coming bands.

Q) What is your craziest festival story?

A) Well I went to Download last week and Rammstein live is literally the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen. If that’s not what you are looking for then I’ve seen a full porta-loo pushed over at Reading. The door was face down and someone was stuck inside. Pretty sure that qualifies as crazy.

Q) And finally what is your one stand out festival moment? 

A) The Mars Volta at Reading in 2003 I think. They were the best thing I’d ever seen and it really opened my eyes to more progressive music – in some ways the genesis of ArcTanGent started that day. There are too many great memories at 2000trees to mention just one – it’s those pinch yourself moments where you are standing up on the main stage watching 3,000 people enjoying themselves and thinking “I can’t believe me and my friends did this!”

What, Who, When, Where and How much?


Who: Frank Turner and Mystery Jets.
Also confirmed are Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, This Town Needs Guns, That Fucking Tank, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Hold Your Horse Is, Oxygen Thief, The All New Adventures Of Us, 20p & A Packet Of Crisps, Crowns, King Charles, Stornoway, Funeral for a Friend, And So I Watch You From Afar, We Are The Ocean, InMe, Wet Nuns, Stagecoach, Gunning for Tamar, The Crimea, Rat Attack, Andy Oliveri, The Arteries, Axes, Black Art, Bermuda Ern, Cauls, The Cadbury Sisters, Casimir, Velcro Hooks, Hot Feet, Adebisi Shank, Stealing Sheep, Nine Black Alps, Fight Like Apes, HildaMay, and many more.

When: 11 - 13 July

Where: Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire

Ticket Price - Weekend £77.50
Weekend + Early Entry £93.50

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Who: F*** Buttons and 65 Days of Static

Also confirmed are Future of the Left, And So I Watch You From Afar, Rolo Tomassi, Three Trapped Tigers, Maybeshewill, Islet, Zun Zun Egui, TTNG, Yndi Halda, Vessels, Blacklisters, The Pirate Ship Quintet, The Naturals and Anta!

When: 29 – 31 Aug

Where: Fernhill Farm, Bristol

Ticket Price - Weekend Camping £63.72
Early Entry Weekend Camping £74.52
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