You may think festival season stops at the end of August, but if you think the party’s over you are truly misinformed. With this years’ summer festivals being a bit of a drag, we all remember the mud plains of Download Festival, and the cancellation of Sonisphere, so it’s the smaller festivals that are coming out on top and Petersfield’s Butserfest is playing out to be one of them.
With an incredible line up so far with Kids In Glass Houses and Feed The Rhino headlining, this small two stage event is one not to be missed. This council funded event is back for the sixth year running, and because of its drink and drug free environment, it is sure to be a tranquil and adrenalin fuelled atmosphere for the entire day.
This year, each act will be bringing new, edge cutting material that is itching to be heard. On main stage, Lower Than Atlantis will be taking a short ride down from their home in Hertfordshire where their new album ‘Changing Tune’ sees its releases just five days before the festival on September 10th, so we’re bound to experience some of that. Alongside that, Yashin will be coming over from their homeland USA with their exquisite live shows which scored great reviews from Kerrang! Last year at Download.
Bedford based band Don Broco will also be bringing new material, with Don Broco’s new album ‘Priorities’ release date creeping forward slowly, fans at the festival will be some of the first to hear the new album live. Also tearing up the main stage include Mallory Knox, Burn the Fleet, Futures and newly tipped favourites in the media, Canterbury.
This year, there will not be one but two stages, and Feed The Rhino will be finalising this amazing line up with their ferociously delectable sound. Joining them will be The Elijah, who recently saw the release of their fantastic new album ‘I loved, I hated, I destroyed, I Created’ along with Shadows Chasing Ghosts who have also bought out an astonishing new album ‘Lessons’ earlier in July.
Death Of An Artist, Heart In Hand and Violet will also be bringing their exciting live performances to the second stage but the ones you really want to catch are POLAR. whose latest album ‘Iron Lungs’ scored full mark reviews from numerous magazines. Floods will also be bringing their new self-titled album to the show on the second stage, sponsored by their current record label Small Town records. Also featuring on the second stage will be Death Of An Artist, Housefires and Prolong The Agony.
And you know the greatest part about this festival? It’s £20! What an absolute bargain! There’s gonna be so much new and wonderful stuff happening at this years’ Butserfest, you’d be crazy to miss out. Butserfest will be held at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire (just outside Petersfield) on Saturday 15th September. Tickets will go up to £25 on the door so don’t delay, head over to the website and get yours before they’re all gone.
Words: Louisa Smith