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GenreMusic festival
Location(s)Butser Hill, England
Inaugurated15 September 2007 (2007-09-15)
FounderFerris Cowper
Most recent12 September 2015 (2015-09-12)
Next event10 September 2016 (2016-09-10)
Organised byEast Hampshire County Council

Butserfest is a festival created by East Hampshire District Council.[1] This music festival is targeted at young people aged 14-20 and is an alcohol/drug-free event. It has become an annual event due to its success in 2007. It is held on Butser Hill opposite Queen Elizabeth's Country Park near Petersfield. Bob Coleman East Hampshire District Council Community and Youth Democracy was one of the key organisers of Butserfest: "The festival ... is aimed mainly at teenagers, those in bands who want a chance to play, and those who love music and find it difficult to travel to other events." The festival supports new upcoming bands but also has some big names.

Previous notable acts that played Butserfest and then went on to make it big include You Me At Six, Bury Tomorrow, Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis, Young Guns, Funeral For A Friend, Mallory Knox, Don Broco, Feed The Rhino, Marmozets, Hacktivist, Astroid Boys, Heck, Boston Manor, Create To Inspire, The One Hundred, Crossfaith, Zoax, Our Hollow Our Home, Shields, Wars and Creeper


Pickled Dick on stage at Butserfest 2007

The debut of Butserfest attracted 700 youths to Butser Hill.

Line up 2007


Mike TV on stage at Butserfest 2008

Line up 2008


The 2009 festival saw the introduction of the new Butserquests. This was a series of shows across East Hampshire looking for the best local bands to play on the main stage at Butserfest. Over 70 local bands registered an interest in playing the festival this year with only a few getting the lucky chance, but other bands were able to play on the ButserQuest Stage who did not win.

Line up 2009


Butserfest 2010 took place on Saturday 11 September, tickets were £15 and bands included The King Blues as headliners on the main stage, along with We Are The Ocean, My Passion and Young Guns. Deaf Havana were headliners on the Butserquest stage. The logo colour for 2010 was green. In 2009 it was yellow and in 2008 red.

Line up 2010


Butserfest 2011 took place on Saturday 17 September.

2011 line up

Main Stage The Lounge Bar Stage
Funeral for a Friend Alternative Carpark
Young Guns Entro-P
Deaf Havana Cubrik
Lower Than Atlantis Big Red Ass
Bury Tomorrow Sinuism
We Start Partys Capital Fuzz
Heart in Hand Forever Can Wait
Kill Em Dead Cowboy Lost Souls Club
The Valiant K'Junga
Follow Wyliss Skaraman
The Dirty Tricks In Perfect Silence
The Fringe
This Way Up


Butserfest 2012 took place on Saturday 15 September.

Line up 2012

Main Stage Small Town Records and Friends Stage
Kids in Glass Houses Feed the Rhino
Lower Than Atlantis Shadows Chasing Ghosts
Yashin Heart in Hand
Futures Polar.
Canterbury The Elijah
Don Broco Violet
Mallory Knox Floods
Mike TV Death of An Artist
Burn The Fleet Housefires
Contraband Prolong the Agony
England Road
Midday Committee


Butserfest 2013 took place on Saturday 14 September

Lineup of 2013

Main Stage Glory Or Death Stage
We Are The Ocean Bleed From Within
Mallory Knox Heights
FVK (band) Hacktivist
Natives Marmozets
Arcane Roots Hildamay
Attention Thieves Continents
Max Raptor Palm Reader
Subsource The Valiant
We Start Partys Now Voyager
A Tale Of Two Cities Aurora
The Bottom Line Set Your Sails
13:32 The Call Back Academy


Butserfest 2014 took place on Saturday 13th and was co-headlined by The Blackout and Kids In Glass Houses

Lineup of 2014

Main Stage Alternative Stage
The Blackout Sonic Boom Six
Kids In Glass Houses Gnarwolves
Feed The Rhino Astroid Boys
George Barnett Baby Godzilla
Blitz Kids Black Futures
Tek-One The Catharsis
I Divide Our Hollow, Our Home
The Hype Theory Emp!re
Aurora When We Were Wolves
Create To Inspire Saint[The]Sinner
Bourne Gone By Tomorrow
At The Lighthouse


Butserfest 2015 took place on Saturday 12 September with Don Broco as the main headline act. Bands on the main stage included artists such as Funeral For A Friend, Hackivist and The Qemists. Other acts included The One Hundred, Our Hollow Our Home and special guests, The Lounge Kittens. A competition ran that allowed ticket holders the chance to win a place to watch bands perform at the Backstage Unplugged Acoustic stage - an exclusive gig for a select group of fans to enjoy their own personal acoustic set by the acts.

Lineup of 2015


Butserfest 2016 took place on Saturday 10 September. This year marked the festival's 10 year anniversary, with Mallory Knox and Young Guns as joint headliners.

Lineup of 2016


  1. ^ "Making music? Any music. You could play Butserfest 2014". East Hampshire District Council. Retrieved 2014.

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