Butserfest is Victorious!
Following its 10th anniversary, Butserfest is moving onto
bigger, better things.
East Hampshire District Council is delighted to announce that after 10 very
successful years, Butserfest will now feature at Victorious Festival 2017
in Portsmouth that takes place on the August bank holiday weekend (25, 26
and 27 August).
Butserfest is a music festival for young people and has been held at
Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, for the last 10 years.
The alcohol and drug free event was initially introduced to give local
bands the opportunity to play alongside nationally known ones.
The inspiration behind the event was to give young children something to
do in the area during the summer.
Headliners over the last 10 years have included Elliot Minor, You Me At
Six, The Blackout, The King Blues, Funeral For A Friend, Kids in Glass
Houses, We Are The Ocean, Don Broco and most recently Mallory Knox.
The move to Victorious Festival will allow local East Hampshire bands to
perform on the same bill as some of the world’s biggest stars including
Stereophonics, Madness, Jake Bugg, Franz Ferdinand, Rita Ora, Band of
Skulls and Olly Murs.
Victorious Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last five
years since it was founded in 2012. The first festival had an attendance
of approximately 35,000. In 2016 the attendance had grown by more than
three times to approximately 120,000.
In 2017, Victorious has expanded its capacity to 200,000, which means
huge exposure for the bands performing on the Butserfest stage.
Portsmouth City Council has confirmed its support to Victorious by
agreeing to allow the festival to run until 2027.
The Butserfest stage will have its own site within the Victorious
Festival on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August from 10:30am to 10:30pm each
day and will have an audience capacity of approximately 3,000.
Butserfest will be included when you purchase a ticket to
Victorious which are currently on sale for £37 for an adult per day, £8
for children aged five to 15 years old, and £1 for children under five.
Anyone aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of
To play on the Busterfest stage at Victorious, East Hampshire District
Council will run competitions across the district and the winners of
these competitions will be offered a slot on the stage.
EHDC will be working very closely with schools, colleges and local
community groups to reach as many local bands as possible, taking
Butserfest back to its roots by giving local musical talent an
opportunity to perform in front of a large audience.
In the evening, national headliners will play on the stage. Victorious
has managed to secure Deaf Havana, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile
Up and Shvpes for Saturday night. Sunday night will see Sikth, Young
Guns, Hacktivist and Fort Hope perform on the Butserfest stage.
The Butserfest stage at Victorious will retain the core
values of Butserfest, particularly promoting the alcohol and drug free
message at the stage site which has set Butserfest apart from other music
festivals over the last 10 years.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, Founder of Butserfest and Deputy Leader of EHDC,
said: “Since Butserfest was founded 10 years ago it has grown into
something we could never have imagined, so big it has now outgrown its
“From a small local festival, to a unique, nationally known music event.
It is extremely exciting that Butserfest is now moving onto its next
“Victorious is a huge event, competing with some of the UK’s biggest
music festivals such as Isle of Wight, V Fest, Wireless, Bestival and
many more, we are delighted that Butserfest is now being associated with
“This is all down to EHDC officers’ hard work and dedication to make the
festival become what it now is. And of course our loyal following of
attendees who come back to Butserfest year after year. We can’t wait to
share this next step of the journey with you all.
“I look forward to seeing you all at the Butserfest stage at Victorious!”
Keep an eye out on the Butserfest social media sites for announcements on
who else will be playing and stage times.
A photo from Butserfest 2016 can be found on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/easthampshire/34410947714/in/dateposted-public/