Mallory Knox, Young Guns, Creeper perform at Butserfest 2016

Butserfest, the UK’s largest alcohol- and drug-free festival, is set to rock Petersfield on September 10th, with alternative rock five-piece Mallory Knox and horror punk band Creeper headlining.

Also set to perform are Hertfordshire-hailing pop rockers Room 94, London rock band Zoax, alternative rockers Young Guns, and emotionally-charged outfit Moose Blood.

Since 2012, a number of Butserfest artists have been making additional appearances at the festival, performing backstage in the press area in a permanent wooden structure lovingly named The Acoustic Shack.

The Acoustic Shack has been visited by dozens of amazing bands over the past four years, including Mallory Knox, The Blackout, and Don Broco, all performing intimate unplugged acoustic sets to a small handful of delighted fans who won entry via the bands’ social pages. This year, the Acoustic Shack lineup includes Young GunsMoose BloodAs It IsArea 11CaseyAshes to Angels, and The Gospel Youth.

Butserfest’s Introducing Stage will be welcoming a programme of fantastic local acts to help mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, including Portsmouth pop punkers High Down, Brighton’s City of Ashes, Guildford rockers Cavalier, pop punk outfit We Deny and alt rockers Treasures from Basingstoke, Southampton-based electronica rock band Reventure, Isle of Wight pop jazz funkers Embers, Southampton pop punk group Home for the Weekend, alt rock band A.R.K., and Petersfield youngsters Loyd.

As well as the three stages of all-day music, Butserfest will offer a high-adrenaline activity zone packed with free activities, including the brand new addition of a zipwire for 2016, and a host of delicious food stalls.

Councillor Ferris Cowper, leader of East Hampshire District Council, who are organising the event, said: “Butserfest originally came about as a result of consultation between young people and East Hampshire District Council who wanted to engage young people across the region and give them a safe environment in which to have fun and enjoy themselves.

“It recognises that there are very few music festival events that are affordable to and even fewer that are designed specifically to cater for children and young adults.

“This year is Butserfest’s ten year anniversary and over that time we’ve seen the Festival go from strength to strength as established UK rock, pop and metal acts wow our audiences year after year.

“We’ve seen up and coming bands grow with each new invite to come and play again and we’ve seen local bands and musicians showcase their talents. We are proud of what we have achieved over this time and the engagement and support we have had from young people across the region who have joined us over the years and enjoyed all that Butserfest has to offer.”

Butserfest, which runs from 11:00am through to 10:00pm (and maybe a little bit longer, as per most festivals), takes place in Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Tickets for Butserfest 2016 are £20.00 in advance, or £30.00 on the door on the day. Book yours online through Eventbrite »

Find out more about Butserfest on the festival’s official website »