Preview: Butserfest 2015

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In its ninth year and growing in strength with every one that passes, Butserfest is back with another strong line-up to grace the hills of Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield on the 12th September.  The one day alcohol and drug-free festival features 24 announced bands playing over two stages (the line-up for their special ‘Introducing Stage’ is yet to be announced), along with free activities throughout the day such as zorbing and ‘last man standing’.

Headliners for this year’s festival include Bedford rockers Don Broco, Welsh post hardcore band Funeral for a Friend and Milton Keynes-based Hacktivist.BF_A4_Poster

Ahead of the release of their second studio album Automatic in July, Don Broco had already headlined their first UK tour back in early 2013 and, after a year of intense work on their new album, are back to performing live, most recently performing on this spring’s Kerrang! Tour and an appearance at Slam Dunk Festival.

Funeral for a Friend are undertaking several, low key club dates throughout July after performing at Download Festival earlier this month.  Additionally, after their winter 2014 tour, Hacktivist are performing at several UK festivals, culminating with their performance at Butserfest.

Local bands are also taking prominence this year.  Portsmouth bands Prolong the Agony and Networks are set to grace the Crossroads stage with Southampton’s Our Hollow, Our Home taking to the main stage.  Having performed last year on the Crossroads stage, Our Hollow, Our Home are back having released their new album back in January whilst Prolong the Agony released a five track EP in April to impressive reviews.  These additions not only show the local music scene is still alive and well but Butserfest gives these bands the opportunity to reach new audiences.

Butserfest 2015 will take place on Saturday 12th September at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Tickets, the full lineup and other information can be found on the festival’s website.

 

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