The 2000trees and ArcTanGent festivals that were previously cancelled have announced a joint replacement event for their 2021 editions. Both festivals were made to cancel their events this year due to the enforced COVID-19 restrictions, with the former saying they were “left with no other choice than to pull the plug before it was too late”. Now, the festivals have come together for a new event dubbed 80 Trees, set to take place across two days at the Exchange venue in Bristol on July 31 and August 1.
In an announcement, they wrote “We’ll be running the first ever 2000trees vs ArcTanGent live event in Bristol! 80-Trees…” and continued “That’s right two days and nights of ACTUAL. LIVE. GIGS showcasing some of the best bands from Trees and ATG past, present and future.”
The statement also added: “As you know we’re all super gutted that both ATG and our sister festival, 2000trees, can’t go ahead this summer. Last year we couldn’t all meet face to face so we put on our very first virtual festival – three days of awesome music recorded in lockdown by some of our favourite bands… But can watching bands on your laptop or phone really keep you going for another summer??? Na us neither!”
All the details for the festival were uploaded to their social media sites, with the line-up set to be announced next week with tickets on sale now here.
80Trees – ArcTanGent vs. 2000trees on sale NOW from https://t.co/x95FBs81XS.
On Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August, we’ll be running the first ever 2000trees vs. ArcTanGent live event in Bristol… 80Trees! (say it slowly)
— 2000trees Festival (@2000trees) July 16, 2021
2000trees and ArcTanGent are among a growing number of UK festivals that have been cancelled this year due to the ongoing concerns caused by the pandemic. A recent survey has revealed that at least half of UK festivals have now been cancelled this year. Despite this, there are still some events set to go ahead, in July fans will be flocking to Latitude and Tramlines, with both of these events taking part in the next stage of the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP).
The ERP has seen audiences attend a weekend of events in Liverpool, the BRIT Awards and Download Festival to investigate the safety of large crowds returning to events after the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, Green Man Festival announced that it will go ahead with its 2021 event, taking place in the Black Mountains in Wales in late August.