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The crowd at a previous Butserfest Picture: Marrianne Harris
The crowd at a previous Butserfest Picture: Marrianne Harris
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Young music-lovers and families can get that festival feeling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

One of the south’s most popular events amongst teens is set to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth Country Park for the ninth year in a row tomorrow.

Organised by East Hampshire District Council, Butserfest provides a young music-loving crowd with the chance to enjoy some class acts and get that festival feel in a safe and chilled environment.

Although the event is aimed at 14-20 year olds, older and younger people, as well as entire families, are all very welcome.

Headlining the event are British rockers Don Roco and the rest of the music line-up includes well-established UK bands, up-and-coming talent and local unsigned artists from various music genres.

Funeral For A Friend and Flash Fires are also amongst the line-up.

Band booker and event organiser Mike Goncalves says: ‘This year we’re expecting our biggest and best event yet. As well as the great bands across the three stages, there are also lots of free activities for everyone to get involved in.

‘Butserfest has a chilled and laid-back atmosphere where everyone can have a great time. The festival is held in a very safe environment and there’s most certainly an emphasis on the safety of young attendees.’

The festival’s free activities and enterainments include a skateboard simulator, zorbing, bungee runs, street entertainers, workshops, laser quest, an open-mic stage and signings with bands.

Various trader and clothing stalls will also be present.

In preparation for any lucky competition winners throughout the day, special backstage acoustic sets have also been set up.

Councillor Ferris Cowper says: ‘Butserfest is a unique event which has become part of the calendar for our young people.

‘I regard it as one of our great community achievements, which is why the council continues to support it and help it grow.

‘It’s amazing to think that the festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year. Long may it continue.’

Doors open at 11am at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Butser Hill, GU31 4EX. Tickets are £24.50 online or £30 on the door. Visit butserfest.co.uk.