** A weekend-long sonic ramble in the backwoods of The Forest Of Dean **

OPTIMO 25

3 Days
2 Stages
500 people

Forest of Dean

02 Sep 2022
03 Sep 2022
04 Sep 2022

WHAT EXACTLY IS WATCHING TREES?

Watching Trees is the combined dream world of Optimo (Espacio) and Ransom Note along with some of their close friends and allies.Set in the rolling hills and woodlands of the Awre District the festival's inaugural year celebrates Optimo (Espacio) reaching 25 YEARS LOVING OF YOUR EARS, shepherding this energy into a 3 day gathering in the Forest of Dean Backwoods.

WHY DID WE DECIDE TO DO THIS?

Do you remember the first time you danced outdoors in woodlands and open fields and enjoyed that genuine sense of freedom? Well THAT sense of freedom matters more than anything as we introduce Watching Trees in September. We’re committed to creating a place where you can truly lose yourself in music as we take the energy of Optimo (Espacio) parties to The Forest.  As the group works together over the coming months, all our ideas will collide to make the festival the best it can possibly be. From there, we hope to grow something precious with you for years to come.

Watch the trees grow...

THE LINE UP

Backwoods Stage

ABA SHANTI-I

ALLY TROPICAL

BUDINO

C.A.R. (LIVE)

CHEZ DE MILO

DEBONAIR

ELLIE STOKES

FANTASTIC TWINS (LIVE)

GABO (LIVE)

ISA GORDON

IVAN SMAGGHE

JOSEY REBELLE

JOY ORBISON

JUNGLEHUSSI

KIERAN & TOM A

LUPINI

MAXIMUM JOY (LIVE)

OPTIMO (ESPACIO)

PLEASURE POOL (LIVE)

SCRATCHCLART

THE GOLDEN FILTER (LIVE)

Espacio Stage

12TH ISLE

FLUG 8 (LIVE)

FRANZ KIRMANN (LIVE)

GLOK (ANDY BELL)

GRAINTABLE (LIVE)

HOUSE HUNTING

HEAVENLY JUKEBOX

JD TWITCH

JG WILKES

JOSH CAFFE

KIARA SCURO

KOMODO KOLLECTIF (LIVE)

LOU HAYTER

MATT COWELL

MINOTAUR SHOCK (LIVE)

NOT AN ANIMAL

O YUKI CONJUGATE (LIVE)

OCEANIC

PRINCESS P

SOLID GOLD RUSTY

"Our line-up is a joyful patchwork of artists close to us and some we’ve admired from afar. We’ve ignored borders in music and followed our hearts."

OPTIMO

"Keith and Jonnie have never ceased to inspire me. I’m psyched to be a part of this first edition’s lineup and cannot wait to bang the box until the music stops"

FANTASTIC TWINS

"Who else than Keith & Jonnie, eternal kidulthood heroes could have named a festival after one of my fave end of nighters."

IVAN SMAGGHE

INFO

location

The closest town is Blakeney about 40 mins from Bristol and just an hour from Cardiff and Birmingham.Full address details will be given to all ticket holders. The never before used site is in the district of Awre in Gloucestershire on banks of the River Severn one side and the edges of the Forest of Dean the other.

Travel

The closest train station is Lydney, Chepstow or Gloucester. We recommend car share and/or local transport.

Full travel details will be mailed to ticket holders.

Camping

All tickets include camping - bring your own tent for free and pitch up with glorious views across the River Severn. The campsite will be open from the evening of Thursday 1st September until midday on Monday 5th September.

There will be an on-site shop for all general necessities open in the mornings.

If you don’t feel like constructing your own dwelling for the weekend, there will be lovely bell and yurt tent accommodation on-site provided by Fred's Yurts. Simply turn up to the on-site luxury camping field, all set up and ready to go with luxurious beds and bedding.

Cash

Watching Trees is an entirely cashless festival, all bars accept card & contactless.

Drink

Ransom Note's Forest Gate station Tracks will also be on the Watching Trees trail to take you to the promised land serving up local ales, Severn Cider, cocktails and R$N's very own liquid gold. All drinks will be reasonably priced. Come and find the secret cocktail bar hidden in the woods for special 7” sets from guests across the weekend.

Food

Local food vendors offering a wide range of high quality food with options for all dietary requirements. Join us for morning coffee & breakfast with stunning views over the river Severn. Full details to follow soon.

R$N Record Hut

Nestled in our woodland wonderland will be the R$N Record Hut where you can unearth a treasure trove of wax wares, Optimo and Ransom Note label lacquer and tree-themed tracks inspired by the festival courtesy of our Dance Music From Planet Earth Dealer Aiden.

Sound

Immerse yourself with a state of the art sound system buried deep in the woods. Powered by the latest Funktion-1 stacks and tuned by specialist engineers to give the acts the sound they deserve to play on.

Age policy

Watching Trees is a 18+ event. There will be no entry to those under 18 and we cannot offer refunds to those who are refused entry at the gates.

Camping

All tickets include camping - bring your own tent for free and pitch up with glorious views across the River Severn. The campsite will be open from the evening of Thursday 1st September until midday on Monday 5th September.

on-site accomodation

If you don’t feel like constructing your own dwelling for the weekend, there will be lovely bell and yurt tent accommodation on-site provided by Fred's Yurts. Simply turn up to the on-site luxury camping field, all set up and ready to go with luxurious beds and bedding.

INFO

For general enquiries email us at info@watchingtrees.com

Press

For all press and media enquiries, email angie@therestisnoise.co.uk

** It's a fool who doesn't see, What I see watching trees, It's about dreams, oh this feeling **
** Forgotten memories, oh this feeling, I want to be, in a tree, Watching you, watching trees **