1,300 youngsters rock to the sounds of up-and-coming bands at music festival

HAVING FUN Butserfest, Butser Hill, near Petersfield
HAVING FUN Butserfest, Butser Hill, near Petersfield
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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UP TO 1,300 young people, some from as far away as Scotland and the south of France, came to Butser Hill near Petersfield at the weekend to rock at a music festival.

Butserfest 2011 – an alcohol and drug-free festival – featured the best local talent and nationally recognised up-and-coming bands.

The day began on the main stage with opening acts This Way Up, The Fringe and The Dirty Tricks, chosen from Live & Unsigned – the UK’s largest music competition for original unsigned acts and bands.

The crowd, pictured, at the main stage built steadily during sets from Southampton-based The Valiant and Portsmouth’s Kill ‘Em Dead Cowboy.

By the time Heart In Hand took to the stage on Saturday, it was packed. We Start Partys returned for their second year at Butserfest having impressed the crowd and organisers in 2010. Metalcore band Bury Tomorrow played next, followed by Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana and Kerrang! regulars Young Guns as the rain came pouring down.

The crowd began to thin as the evening turned cold, but the hardcore fans who stayed to the end witnessed a great set from Funeral For A Friend.