Things we have been asked. Frequently.

If you have a question that isn't answered below you can send it to us on email and Twitter.


When and where is Butserfest?

Butserfest takes place at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, Hampshire PO8 0QE on Saturday 10 September 2016.

Doors open at 11am. The last band aims to finish by 10pm, although like all festivals, performances may run slightly over time.

Please see the travel and directions page for more information about how to get to Butserfest.

Are there any age restrictions?

No, we welcome all ages at our festival and have many young people and families attend each year. Although the event is not designed for this age group, under 10's are also welcome to attend for free, but must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

However, please note that we cannot be responsible for the use of profanity by the bands and/or ticket holders at the event and parents are responsible for assessing suitablility for their children.

What is your drug/alcohol policy?

Butserfest has a strict no alcohol, no drugs policy (including 'legal highs' and Nitrous Oxide). This includes bands who play at the festival and their entourages.

Our SIA (Security Industry Authority) badged security will search ticket holders' bags on the way into the site. There is an amnesty bin on the way to the main entrance where banned substances can be dropped in with no questions asked.

Any alcohol found will be confiscated and will not be returned.

Any drugs found on any person will result in the ticket holder being refused entry with no refund and will be reported to the police. 'Legal highs' will be treated in the same way as illegal drugs.

Butserfest operates a zero tolerance policy. There may also be sniffer dogs and police on site.

Can I bring my own food and drink to Butserfest?

Our vibrant street food area offers a great selection of hot and cold food options from around the world, as well as soft drinks, at very reasonable prices. However, if you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own snacks and soft drinks in with you.

Drinks brought in must be in unopened plastic bottles or cans.

No glass whatsoever will be allowed on site.

How much do tickets cost and where can I get them?

There are 3 tiers of ticket types available for Butserfest 2016. Please note that Tier 1 and 2 are now sold out!

Tier 3 tickets cost £20 each or with our group discount offer, you can buy 5 tickets for the price of 4! Visit our ticket page for more information.

Please note that online ticket sales end at 4pm on Friday 9th September.

Tickets are available to buy on our website through our online ticket vendor 'Eventbrite'. You can also buy them at one of the following local outlets:

Horndean Parish Council
Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Taro Leisure Centre, Petersfield
EHDC Offices
Mill Chase Leisure Centre
Alton Leisure Centre

If you can't buy your tickets online, you can now make card payments over the telephone to purchase Buterfest tickets which we will then post to you. Just call our customer service team at EHDC on 01730 234295 to get yours!

You can also keep up to date with all the breaking Butserfest news and special offers by signing up to our email updates service, just sign up with your email address using the form at the bottom of this page.

How will I receive my tickets?

Tickets from our official vendor, Eventbrite, are sent electronically via email confirmation. You need to print this confirmation email and bring it with you.

If you have not received your ticket confirmation you should check your spam folder to see that it hasn't ended up there. Alternatively you can log into the Eventbrite site using the email you used when ordering your ticket and retrieve your confirmation that way. This can then be resent to your email.

If you have a smartphone you can also show your ticket electronically at the festival ticket office on the day.

Is the site accessible?

Yes, the site is fully accessible.

Whilst there is a steep slope to enter the site, if this isn't manageable then we're happy to escort vehicles down to the site for drop off. This needs to be arranged in advance where possible so please email if you have any concerns.

We also offer disabled parking on site. This can be found at the main entrance, near the ticket office.

Is there parking available onsite?

Yes, there is some parking available at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre for people wanting to park all day, for a small charge.

Up to 16 seats - £1.80 per hour / £3.50 per day
16 seats including driver - £12.50 per day
Blue Badge Holders- FREE

We also have a drop off point that is clearly signposted. As space is limited and traffic congestion can easily occur we strongly encourage car sharing.

Is there camping available?

There is no camping available on site at Butserfest or at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, but there are a number of places to stay nearby. You can compare hotel prices and read reviews on trivago.

Can I volunteer to work at Butserfest?

Volunteer applications are now closed.

We're looking for volunteers to work shifts at the festival between 7am and 11.30pm on Saturday 10th September 2016.

Volunteers will be split into 4 hour shifts, so when you're not working you can gain free entry to the festival. It's a great opportunity to enjoy a fab live music event for free, plus each volunteer will receive a voucher for free food and soft drinks on the day!

Our job roles available include:
• Site entrance/Meet & greet
• Car park/Traffic control
• Litter picking

We're also looking for volunteers to work the week before the festival for the site build and the break down, the week after the festival. Volunteers must be aged 16 or over. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer at all times.

If you're interested in helping out, please email with any questions you may have and also with details of when you are free and your preferred job!

How can I play at Butserfest?

Applications from artists wanting to play our 2016 Introducing Stage are now closed.

Could you be one of the 10 local acts chosen to form part of the line up for this stage in 2016, our biggest and best year ever!

Here at Butserfest we're very passionate about supporting local up- and-coming talent, and following the success of our Introducing Stage, showcasing local talent in 2014 and 2015, we're delighted to say it will be returning for our big 10 year anniversary in 2016!

We're looking for 10 LOCAL musical acts to fill this stage, and we want YOU! You can be a full band or solo artist, and play any genre of music.

You could be in a school or college band, or be a bit more established, you could have played hundreds of shows or just a couple - we're not worried about how many 'likes' you have so don't worry about that. However you MUST have a Facebook page for your music and some recorded music that we can listen to online.


The Butserfest organising team will choose their favourite 20 applicants, who will be placed in a poll in the official Butserfest Facebook event page on Monday 20th June.

Butserfest attendees and fans will then be invited to vote for their favourite band or artist. The top TWO voted bands will fast track it through to the final TEN who will play at Butserfest 2016, with the remaining EIGHT being picked by our judging panel. Final results will be posted online by Friday 24th June.


Each of TEN final Introducing bands will be given a UNIQUE personalised ticket code. Codes can be given to family and friends, to fans online, emailed out to mailing lists, included in advertising and FB headers/promo and put up in your local shops, however you wish. Use of this code will not only give the buyer 20% off the standard ticket price at checkout on our website, but will also decide the final playing order of Introducing bands at Butserfest. The band who have the most people buying their tickets using their unique code will HEADLINE the Introducing Stage and win the following awesome prizes.


2nd place winners, and other bands who we feel have put in outstanding promotional effort, will be offered Acoustic Shack/press area access.

So, you want to play, right? But wait, before you apply make sure you also read the Terms and Conditions set out below. Any bands not following these T&Cs will not be considered.

To apply send an email to and include ALL of the following information:

  • Band/Artist name
  • Each band member's name and their town of residence
  • Band/main email (if different from the one you're applying with)
  • Facebook URL
  • Youtube/Soundcloud URL (if you use these)
  • Main contact phone number
  • Dates of any announced or tba show dates within a one hour drive radius of Butserfest from 30th July 'til end September

Bands and solo artists who have applied in previous years or already appeared at Butserfest can apply again. Applications are OPEN NOW, and will close on Friday 17th June at 6pm.

What are you waiting for? Get those emails off, we're looking forward to checking you all out and seeing some of you at our 10 year anniversary!!


By entering this competition you confirm that you have read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions as set out below.

1) At least HALF of your band members, or yourself if you're a solo artist, MUST live within a 40 mile radius of Butser Hill, Horndean, nr Petersfield. This includes the following areas:

Southampton : Brighton : Reading: Basingstoke : Winchester : Guildford : Isle of Wight : Salisbury : Newbury : Ringwood : Christchurch : Crawley : Woking : Andover : Portsmouth : Bournemouth : Fareham : Bognor Regis : Worthing : Alton : Horsham : Farnborough : Camberley : Aldershot : Chichester : Lymington : Havant : Godlaming :

Cranleigh : Whitchurch : Eastleigh : Waterlooville and Petersfield, obviously. And all of the villages and towns in between.

2) You MUST have a Facebook page for your music, and some original recorded music hosted online somewhere (this is so we can check you out and include you in online promotion etc should you make it through to our final ten). It does not matter how many 'likes' you have.

3) You MUST have your own original material (enough for a 25 minute set) - we're very sorry but we are unable to consider applications from covers artists.

4) All members of your band must be available to attend the event on Saturday 10th September 2016.

5) If you make it through to playing our Introducing Stage you agree not to play any other local shows within a 30 mile radius of the event within 3 weeks of Butserfest, and agree to notify us in advance of confirming shows within this radius within a 6 week period either side of the event.

6) You understand that you will receive no payment for your performance at Butserfest 2016, and that you are responsible for all travel costs and expenses involved with getting to and from the event. Introducing Stage artists will be offered general festival access only.

7) You agree to allow Butserfest and its official sponsors and affiliated companies to publish your band/artist name, post your Facebook url, music and videos on their respective websites and social networking pages, and include your logos and band/artist name on any advertising associated with this competition and the event, as well as on any officially approved merchandising that will be sold by us at the event.

8) You agree to allow Butserfest, and members of attending press to take photos of your performance, which may be used for promotional or editorial purposes.

9) You understand and agree that billing of the final ten acts invited to play on our Introducing Stage will be decided solely based on the number of people using your unique code when buying their Butserfest tickets and not by artist 'status'. In the event of a 'tie' with 2 or more artists, billing of those tied will be decided by the judging committee.

10) Prizes are non-transferable and have no monetary value should the winning band be unable to attend the event for any reason.

11) It is expected that Introducing Stage artists make reasonable effort to both promote Butserfest and their unique code.

12) Butserfest reserves the right to replace or remove any billed Introducing Bands not following these T&Cs


East Hampshire District Council
would like to thank

Crossroads Centre Antigua
Southampton Solent University
Chichester Music Academy
East Hampshire Youth Council
Alton College
Music Fusion
Down For Life Music
Pins & Knuckles
The News
Taylor Wimpey
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