Butserfest is an alcohol/drug-free festival aimed at 14-20 year olds and was founded following consultation with local young people, who said there was not enough to do in the area. Now in its fifth year, Butserfest has grown year-on-year and now has a reputation as one of the best festivals of its kind in the country.
2013 Line-up includes We are the Ocean, who have supported Muse and have just released their third album, Mallory Know, hot new upcoming band, Fearless Vampire Killers, Natives, Arcane Roots, Attention Thieves, and more!
2011 Line Up: Funeral For A Friend, Young Guns, Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis, Bury Tomorrow, We Start Partys, Heart In hand, Kill Em Dead Cowboy, The Valiant, Follow Wyliss, The Dirty Tricks, The Fringe and This Way Up
For previous line ups click here
Butserfest was created after a survey of young people said there was nothing to do in the area and so a drink and drug free festival was created. For a safe surrounding to enjoy some of the best bands around, Butserfest is perfect. It is aimed at 14-20 year olds so the crowed is mostly in that category.
History and Facts:
Butserfest is a drug and alcohol free festival started in 2007. Each year it has grown in number of people and the size of headlining act.
Bob Coleman East Hampshire District Council Community and Youth Democracy was one of the key organisers of Butserfest
Music stages and other entertainment
There are two stages at Butserfest. The main stage hosting the big acts and a secondary stage, called the Bleed from Within Stage giving a chance to recently discovered bands and local acts.
As well as the music there is a chance to have a go with bungee runs, inflatable table football, laser quest, a climbing wall, spray art workshop, an open mic stage, stalls, air brushed tattoos, street entertainers, and workshops and all new from this year zorbing (we are not sure what that entails exactly).
On Site Information:
Butserfest is held in a Country Park so has some toilets there but there are extra for the event.
There are two stages and many stalls to buy clothes, food, and souvenirs.
Festival Food and Drink
There are many food and drink stalls with a range of world street foods and the classic festival foods. There is, of course, no alcohol served.
Drugs at the festival
Drink and drugs are both prohibited at Butserfest
Camping and other accommodation:
There is no camping at the festival but there are some places to stay nearby.
Premier Inn, Petersfield
Monday – Thursday from £64 per room per night, Friday – Sunday from £64 per room per night.
Buckmore Farm Winchester Road Petersfield Hampshire GU32 3BS
T: 0870 850 6306
Premier Inn, Horndean
Monday – Thursday from £67 per room per night, Friday – Sunday from £67 per room per night.
2 Havant Road Horndean Portsmouth Hampshire PO8 0DT
T: 0870 423 6474
Etap Hotel, Portsmouth
120 Rooms for 1-3 people, from £36
Fratton Way Portsmouth PO4 8SL
T: 023 9273 6386 F: 023 9273 6405 E: http://www.etaphotel.com
Location and travel:
Butserfest is held on Butser Hill, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean, Hampshire, GU31 4EX.
The site has its own sliproads on both the north and south bound carriageways of the A3. On the day of Butserfest, the north bound slip road will be closed to allow for movement of pedestrians around the site. Follow the brown and white tourist board signs and additional yellow AA signs which will be on the route on the day. Parking is available at the Visitors' Centre at Queen Elizabeth Country Park for those going to the festival.
South West Trains run regular services to the nearest station in Petersfield.
Getting to Butserfest from Petersfield Take the 37 Stagecoach service from Petersfield Square (heading towards Havant), and press the bell for the bus to stop along the A3 by Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
Getting to Butserfest from Havant: Take the 37 Stagecoach bus (for Petersfield) and press the bell to stop along the A3 by Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
A cycleway runs south from the Park, adjacent to the A3, towards Clanfield.
Festival contact and ticket information:
For the official website click here