Butserfest is an annual alcohol and drug free music festival at Queen Elisabeth Country Park in Petersfield, UK. It’s organised by East Hampshire County Council, in partnership with Southampton Solent University, and this years’ festival included headliners Funeral For A Friend and Don Broco, as well as a variety of acts on the Introducing and the Alternative “Crossroads” stages.
|Daniel Eagle during his Introducing Stage set|
As well as all the bands and music, there were activities at the festival too, such as Zorbing, Butser Selfies (a chance to take a selfie in front of a board with Butserfest on it and with props which is so much fun!) and Last Man Standing – very similar to the Sweeper challenge on Total Wipeout. Sadly I didn’t have time to experience many of the activities as I was out filming/photographing most of the time, but they all looked very enjoyable by the amount of people that were queuing up to take part.
After seeing Eagle on the acoustic stage it was time to go backstage and photograph the interviews with the acts for the official magazine and another magazine New Roots, run by Solent students. During the interviews, I got to meet the members of various bands including Our Hollow Our Home, Lock & Key, Cardinal Bay and Don Broco and hear about their experiences of the festival and future plans.
|Members of Forever In Depths and Don Broco being interviewed|
While waiting for bands to come over for interviews, I managed to sneak into the Acoustic Stage (it was more of a wooden hut) and photograph some of the acts there. Don Broco played on the Acoustic Stage to a packed audience of competition winners and some who were lucky enough to be selected to join them, where they played acoustic versions of songs from their new album such as ‘Automatic’, ‘Priorities’ and ‘Money Power Fame’ and where I got to hear their music for the first time. Having heard the acoustic and main version, I personally prefer the acoustic version more but they have still gained a new fan.
|Don Broco performing on the Acoustic Stage|
|Christina Rotondo who blew me away on the Acoustic Stage performing with Our Hollow Our Home|
Acoustic performances and interviews over, it was time to head to the Main Stage for Don Broco, the headline and final act of the night. They played to a full crowd of fans, all screaming for them and singing along to every word of the songs in their set, which included the hits sung in the acoustic set, only this time with heavier guitars and a lot of jumping around. Also included in their set and audience interaction was the Wall Of Death, where both halves of the audience stood to one side and when the beat dropped in the song, they all ran into each other. Safe to say, security weren’t particularly happy with them.
|Don Broco performing as the headline act on the Main Stage|
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