It was founded by East Hampshire District Council following consultation with local young people in East Hampshire, who said there was not enough for them to do in the area. Now in its 10th year, Butserfest has grown year-on-year and now has a reputation of being the biggest festival of its kind in the country. Butserfest offers a wide range of music including internationally acclaimed acts while also promoting local talent and introducing young and up and coming acts. The festival also offers a wide range of activities and plenty of food stalls for people of all ages to enjoy while promoting an extremely safe environment and a unique festival experience.
All in all, Butserfest was a great event, drawing about 1500 people. Although it is clearly for the younger crowd, it is a superb offering that allows young people to have fun in a safe and friendly atmosphere. You could even bring your grandparents along… so long as they can bear the occasional f-bomb. Okay, so fairly frequent f-bombing. Anyway, I got the impression that this is more about providing an event for the youth than it is about profit, and in that respect, huge credit goes to the organisers, staff, sponsors and, of course, the bands, some of whom are probably used to playing to much bigger crowds.
There is always a cloud of sadness when the month of September commences for the average music fan. Mainly because this symbolizes the end of the festival season. Luckily, there is one bright spark in Petersfield that exists and offers the chance to say goodbye to the festival season with a bang. Butserfest, now in its 9th year has become a staple amongst UK festivals for its relaxed vibe and is often referred to as the nicest festival by fans, artists and press. As I and one of the AltCorner Team members begun our walk down the hill past all of the surrounding trees and into the core of the crater-like area that Butserfest takes place upon, it felt really great to be back once again (my last visit being in 2013).
Butserfest will be celebrating its tenth birthday next year, and its easy to see why this festival is really starting to shine through. Its relaxed atmosphere, wide variety of musical genres and alcohol/drug policy, makes it one of the best day festivals in the UK, proving that you do not need to be intoxicated to have a good time.
The overall atmosphere was amazing and the fact that it was alcohol and drug-free meant that families and children could attend without the worry of being intimidated and face-to-face with someone off their face on whatever drugs or alcohol they’ve consumed. As my first festival, I would recommend Butserfest to anyone who’s into Rock/Alternative/Metal music, as it’s a great way to see some great headliners as well as discover some new acts arriving on the scene.
Nearing its tenth year, Butserfest hit a new level last weekend. With acts ranging from the harmonious Lounge Kittens, to metal core Vanity Draws Blood, the biggest alcohol and drug free festival in the UK had something for everybody to enjoy. With a little bit of rain from the beginning, it eventually grew brighter and brighter, bringing out the smiles and the friendly atmosphere. Being my first time at Butserfest I was constantly overhearing about previous years and how excited everyone was to be back!
Venture a little further into Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and you see where the magic happens. The festivals three stages are spread out through the small opening, and the rest of the site is crammed full of food, activities, and community stalls. Once the site starts to fill up, it becomes clear that this alcohol free festival is a huge hit with the local community, as there are as many young teenagers and children as there are adults. However, do not let this lull you into a false sense of security. Butserfest is a kick-ass festival.
East Hampshire District Council
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