So 2000 Trees is soon upon us. This weekend, in fact! And the weather could be half as good and still beat the absolute fucking downpour and mud-swamp that was last year.

Trees has firmly established itself as one of the best small festivals on offer, specialising in UK bands only, and generally picking out an absolutely killer crop of bands to play. This year sees Adebisi Shank, the most batshit crazy math rock on six legs in a red mask to ever come crawling out of Ireland, kicking and screaming in a robotic monotone, This Town Needs Guns stepping up and taking on a festival main stage, Musical Mathematics favourites Crash of Rhinos, BATS, Axes, Wot Gorilla, Gnarwolves, and about a billion others. Perfect. If you can get over the fact that Funeral for a Friend are there and apparently don’t even play anything off their first record anymore.

So 2000 Trees is soon upon us. This weekend, in fact! And the weather could be half as good and still beat the absolute fucking downpour and mud-swamp that was last year.

Trees has firmly established itself as one of the best small festivals on offer, specialising in UK bands only, and generally picking out an absolutely killer crop of bands to play. This year sees Adebisi Shank, the most batshit crazy math rock on six legs in a red mask to ever come crawling out of Ireland, kicking and screaming in a robotic monotone, This Town Needs Guns stepping up and taking on a festival main stage, Musical Mathematics favourites Crash of Rhinos, BATS, Axes, Wot Gorilla, Gnarwolves, and about a billion others. Perfect. If you can get over the fact that Funeral for a Friend are there and apparently don’t even play anything off their first record anymore.

But if there’s one band that I seriously recommend you go and check out, it is The All New Adventures Of Us, or Tanaou to their friends. They are honest to god one of the best kept secrets in the UK, and they’re playing at the Leaf Lounge on Sunday, and if you miss them I hate you.

Tanaou have been a band for well over a decade at this point, and would be one of UK Emo’s mainstays if not for their occasional periods of inactivity over the years. They’ve been around forever, changed members endlessly around the core of songwriter and frontman Jaime Macefield played with just about everyone ever, and developed their sound from angsty and melodramatic post-hardcore in their embarrassing beginning, through their string-heavy Elliott/Mineral phase, and in to the majestic, self-assured blend of emo, folk, indie pop and post-rock that accompanies stories of love and hate relationships with friends, lovers and hometowns on their debut album Our Best Loved Goodnight Tales.

After a long period spent writing their second full-length, disappearing for long stretches of time, and doing a fair bit of gardening, 2000 Trees is one of their first gigs in a long time and one of their first festival appearances in about five years. They were invited to play Trees by headliner Frank Turner, who used to open their shows playing solo when he was still in Million Dead.

If you want to check them out before you go, you can watch their most recent video for A Nursing Home In Full Swing. They’ve also been kind enough to send us a couple of exclusive acoustic sessions of some brand new songs.

Go and see them. You will not regret it.