Words by Maddy Howell
With 2016’s festival season sadly drawing to a close, East Hampshire’s Butserfest is set to be a perfect end to an incredible few months of music. Returning for the 10th time in 2016, this alcohol and drug-free festival once again plays host to some of the most exciting, up and coming artists in the UK scene and beyond. Check out the 5 bands we wouldn’t want you to miss out on seeing.
The Gospel Youth
Bringing their infectious pop-rock to the South-Coast once more, Brighton’s The Gospel Youth have been one of this years most exciting up and coming talents. Having already landed support slots with the likes of Verses, Trash Boat and Hands Like Houses, the quintet are well on their way to finding their footing in the rock scene and their set on Saturday is sure to be proof of just why they deserve it.
Check out: ‘DST’
After dropping their debut single, ‘Family & Fiends’ back in July, it’s been a hectic few months for Portsmouth pop-punkers High Down. The quintet played their first show at Portsmouth’s Seasick Festival last month and will be taking to the introducing stage at Butserfest to showcase their high energy, happy-go-lucky pop-punk.
Check Out: ‘Family & Fiends’
Since their formation in 2013, London’s ZOAX have auspiciously grown from strength to strength. Having secured support slots with the likes of Cancer Bats, Funeral For a Friend and Feed the Rhino, and comprised of former members of Rise To Remain, AxeWound and Time is a Thief, ZOAX’s 2016 debut self-titled album gained a overwhelmingly positive media response. Now returning to the South Coast armed with an album’s worth of incredible material and a genre ever more impossible to pin down, ZOAX’s main stage set shouldn’t missed this weekend.
Check out: ‘Zero Point Seven’
Headlining this years festival is Young Guns. These guys have been on the British alternative rock circuit for a few years now and 2015’s Ones and Zeros has finally sent them on their well-deserved path to success. With a massive 11-date UK tour already pencilled in for October, including a date at London’s acclaimed Roundhouse, their headline set at Butserfest this weekend is further evidence of how far they have come.
Check out: ‘I Want Out’
Following on from the release of their latest EP, Closure, and a number of summer festival slots proving their worth this year, Blood Youth are rapidly becoming ones to watch in the metalcore scene. With enough pits, riffs and bloodcurdling screams to bring even the toughest to their knees, their set at The Crossroads Stage on Saturday will be one not to miss.
Check out: ‘Failure’
Butserfest takes place on Saturday 10th September 2016 at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Petersfield, Hampshire. Tickets are available on the day for £30.
Once you’ve grabbed your ticket, check out our Butserfest 2016 playlist below to get you pumped for the big day!