Festival will run for next five years at least

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THE future of one of the south’s premier music festivals for young people has been guaranteed.

Butserfest, held in September at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Clanfield, has been given £75,000 backing by East Hampshire District Council for the next five years.

Launched seven years ago by council leader cllr Ferris Cowper, the event is alcohol and drugs free and features some of the best bands in the country.

Sponsors include Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua.

Cllr Cowper, who plays the drums in a band, said: ‘We started this in response to that age old complaint from youngsters that there was nothing for them to do. I was determined to make sure that there was, which is how Butserfest began. We make it alcohol and drugs free so that parents know their children are in a totally safe environment.’