From humble beginnings eight years ago, Butserfest has gained itself a reputation as one of the best festivals of its kind in the country.
The alcohol and drug-free festival was founded following consultation with local young people in East Hampshire, who said there was not enough to do in the area.
This year, on Saturday, September 12, nearly 40 acts will be playing across three stages with Don Broco returning to headline the main stage, Funeral For A Friend, Qemists, Hacktivist, The Xcerts and The Lounge Kittens, plus tonnes more, and plenty of up-and-coming local acts from around the south.
Also making their debut appearance are The One Hundred, who will be bringing their blend of metal, hip-hop and dance music to the main stage. The Guide caught up with frontman Jacob Field.
‘It’s our first show around the Portsmouth area – we’ve done a few shows around Southampton, but this is our first one over there. We’re really looking forward to it, it should be cool.
‘And there’s a few other bands on the bill we know really well like Broco and Hacktivist – we’ve toured with them before.’
In the short time they’ve been around the Surrey band have developed a fearsome live reputation.
‘We grab the bull by the horns and ride it. Even if it’s only five people out there, if they don’t know us, we want to impress them – we want to put on a show, we need to turn heads and give it 100 per cent every time.’
Earlier this year they supported Papa Roach on their FEAR tour, which was a huge thrill as Jacob is a massive fan: ‘For me it was such an incredible thing.
‘It was such incredible exposure, playing in venues we never dreamed we’d get to be in, just to be in the heart of it.
Even if it’s only five people out there, if they don’t know us, we want to impress them – we want to put on a show, we need to turn heads and give it 100 per cent every timeJacob Field, The One Hundred’s frontman
‘And we were playing in front of big crowds.
‘It was such a big thing for me too – I got their album when I was eight years old, and they’ve been a huge inspiration to me and the style of music I wanted to play.
‘The fact that 15 years later we could play on the same stage as them was really special.
‘I got myself a little cheeky tour tattoo – a little Papa Roach cockroach on my leg.’
But right now, the four-piece are working hard to get their debut album wrapped up.
‘All the songs are basically written and have been demoed, now we’re pulling them apart and getting into the nitty gritty – re-recording the same thing 35 times to make it better, that kind of thing. We’re looking at an early 2016 release.
‘There’ll be new music on the horizon sooner rather than later.’
Tickets cost £24.90 advance, £30 on the gate.
It takes place at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield. Doors open 11am, the last band finishes by 10pm.
Go to butserfest.co.uk