Coming to it’s tenth year, Butserfest 2016, on 10th September 2016,  brings two phrases together that are rarely associated together – “no alcohol or drugs” and “a real good time.” They so successfully pull off the straight edge approach without any disputes or backlash from avid festival-goers because of their consistently strong line up.

Moose Blood bringing "hoodie rock" to the stage in support of Lower Than Atlantis, The Roundhouse, London (Andy Sampson)

Moose Blood bringing “hoodie rock” to the stage (Andy Sampson)

Mallory Knox proudly headline this year’s edition of the festival. With regular Radio One and TV airplay, conquering the UK and Europe, appearing at major festivals like the Vans Warped Tour and Reading and Leeds, and having played Butserfest twice before, it only made sense for their name to loudly be displayed at the top of the festival flyer.

Butserfest are, understandably, proud to boast upcoming British music. Our music scene is strong and adding Young Guns to the line up is just an inch of proof of this. No strangers to smaller festivals, Young Guns make their long awaited return to Butserfest following main stage billing in 2010 and 2011 and along stretch overseas building their US profile.

You’d think that’d be enough for just a £20 ticket but apparently not. Rising stars Moose Blood, who’ve recently sold out a KOKO show five months in advance, join the line up as do familiar names in the pop punk scene ROAM, WSTR, Chunk! No Captain Chunk and As It Is.

But if pop punk isn’t your thing, you’ll be more than content to hear that Area 11, pop rockers The Gospel Youth, metalcore troupe Griever, electronica rock crossover The One Hundred, Ashestoangels and Southampton locals Our Hollow Our Home are also making appearances.

Butserfest have always had a talent for recognising music that’s about to blow up. That’s why they’ve completed the line up with Creeper, welsh rockers Casey, melodic hardcore boys Blood Youth, Seething Akira, female led rock outfit Tigress, melodic metalcore band Faultlines and Flashfires.

Making the most of the decade celebration, for the first time Butserfest make their Acoustic Shack lineup publicly known to all attendees. Stripped down for competition winners, Young Guns, Moose Blood, As It Is, Casey and more, will play their songs in a more unusual environment.

If there’s one thing you’ll never hear anyone sincerely say, it’s how much they hate new music, another reason why Butserfest has packed their introducing stage with fresh talent. Portsmouth pop punkers High Down, Brighton’s City Of Ashes, Guildford rockers Cavalier, pop punk outfit We Deny and alt-rockers Treasures are only some of the brilliant bands to complete an exciting lineup.

If you find yourself questioning Butserfest’s delivery of a fun time, don’t. Incredible new music, action-packed activities with a crowd you’re guaranteed to fit in with, Butserfest will win you over. Their tenth anniversary is one not be be missed.

3 stages of non-stop live music

36 bands across the Main, Alternative and Introducing Stages

Exclusive backstage unplugged acoustic sets

High adrenalin, free activities including the UKs longest mobile zip line and giant inflatable games 

Organised by East Hampshire District Council, Butserfest is the UK’s biggest alcohol and drug free festival. It was designed and launched specifically for young people in the area to give them access to a great festival experience with world class music, in a safe environment, but appeals to music lovers of all ages, who are all welcomed at the event.

 For full event information, head to the Busterfest website.