Thousands rock out at Butserfest

A crowdsurfer gets helped along on his travels. Pictures: Sam Taylor
A crowdsurfer gets helped along on his travels. Pictures: Sam Taylor

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THOUSANDS enjoyed the country’s biggest booze-free rock festival.

More than 1,500 people rocked at the base of Butser Hill for Butserfest 2014 for the festival’s seventh year.

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The one-day event gave festival-goers a lot of band for their buck, with more than 30 bands playing across three stages on Saturday.

Bob Coleman is the festival organiser and community team leader at East Hampshire District Council, which runs the event.

He said: ‘It’s been another great year for Butserfest. A lot of hard work goes into making this festival happen but seeing the crowds there on the day makes it all worthwhile.

‘The festival relies on a lot of support from our volunteers and sponsors.

‘And this support includes our partners at Southampton Solent University, without whom the festival would not be possible. The aim of the festival is to show that you can have a great day out enjoying live rock music without the need for any drugs or alcohol.

‘I think we’ve done that.’

The event at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, in the South Downs, was run by East Hampshire District Council.

Music-lovers enjoyed dual vocal harmonies and sing-along choruses.

Joint headliners The Blackout pleased the crowd with their popular hit Children of the Night and their new single Wolves. Kids in Glass Houses played at the festival after they announced their retirement and farewell UK tour.

Highlights from the festival can be watched at
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