Butserfest Stage line up revealed

After a record number of applications from local area bands of all genres, an online poll and a lot for organisers to think about, TEN bands have made it through to Butserfest’s Introducing Stage for 2016.

Joining the lineup for Butserfest’s big 10 year anniversary event are Portsmouth pop punkers High Down, Brighton’s City of Ashes, Guildford rockers Cavalier, pop punk outfit We Deny and Alt rockers Treasures, both hailing from Basingstoke, Southampton based electronica rock band Reventure, The Isle of Wight’s pop jazz funkers Embers, Southampton pop punk group Home For the Weekend and alt rock band A.R.K. and Petersfield youngsters Loyd.

City of Ashes and Home For the Weekend were the two bands chosen by popular demand from an online poll, both gaining thousands of votes and hot winging it direct to our stage, with the remaining Intro Stage acts being decided by a Butserfest judging panel.

4 further acts will be added to the Introducing Stage line up: one invited guest band and three decided from local schools and colleges’ Battle of the Bands. Participating schools are South Downs College, Alton College and Chichester Music Academy.

Fearless Vampire Killers

Unfortunately, due to the sudden news today of the band making a decision not to continue following the departure of founding member and vocalist Kier Kemp, London ‘New Grave’ rockers Fearless Vampire Killers will no longer be making an appearance at the festival. Their replacement on the line up will be announced soon.

The official press release from FVK includes:

Leaving FVK was without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Other than the more obvious side of fracturing a group of guys with so much history… my friends, I went in fully aware that I also have a responsibility to everyone that is a fan of the band as well. So to those people, I’m sorry if this upsets you, I feel awful for it… but the alternative would be me continuing to do something that I no longer fully understand or passionately connect with – and that is no good for me or for you. FVK was never mine, it was all of ours and that’s not going anywhere. I’m proud of what we achieved and I’m very proud of all of you for being so lovely. I’m available in all the usual places if anyone has any questions or wants to talk more about it. No one is disappearing, so speak soon– Kier

Consequently, fellow band members Laurence Beveridge, Drew Woolnough, Shane Sumner and Luke Illingworth have collectively agreed to call it a day as FVK, however would like to reassure fans that this is not the end of their musical career together.

A difficult announcement. Last Friday Kier told us he was leaving FVK. To the rest of us, this revelation was greeted with shock, disappointment, and heartbreak. We have given our lives to this band and the idea of giving up was completely alien to us. However, over the weekend we have struggled to find the answer to this unfortunate situation, and we have come to the conclusion that it would be wrong to continue this band without Kier by our side.

However, FVK has always been more than just a name, and the remaining members of FVK will not abandon our musical union. There will need to be time to rebuild and reflect – our lives have drastically changed over the period of a few days – but music has always been our passion, and the idea of doing it without our friends seems absurd. We – Laurence, Luke, Shane and Drew – will certainly continue to make music together; though the specifics of this are uncertain.

To our fans we apologise wholeheartedly, this is not the ending we chose, but our hands have been forced. All we can say is thank you for your support, and please remember our music lives on forever, and that the creative force behind FVK will return” – Laurence, Drew, Shane & Luke


** Event info**

Butserfest is 10 years old! And over the last ten years music lovers and young people from across the UK who have travelled to Queen Elizabeth Country Park have been treated to incredible sets from home grown bands of all genres, rocking out on one of our stages. We’ve seen established UK rock, pop and metal acts wow our audiences year after year, we’ve seen up and coming bands grow with each new invite to come and play again, and we’ve seen local bands and musicians showcase their talents.

It’s a great day out not just for young people but for families of all ages, with so much to do and see, all in the beautiful setting of beautiful Hampshire countryside.











* 3 stages of non-stop live music*
36 bands across our Main Stage, Alternative Stage and Introducing Stage
* Acoustic Shack *
Exclusive backstage unplugged acoustic sets
*Activity Zone*
High adrenalin, free activities including the UK’s longest mobile zip line and giant inflatable games
*Signing Tent*

Acoustic Shack line up still to be announced.

Tier 3 tickets are available from our website and local outlets for the bargain price of just £20!!

Organised by East Hampshire District Council, Butserfest is the UK’s biggest alcohol and drug free festival. It was designed and launched specifically for young people in the area to give them access to a great festival experience with world class music, in a safe environment, but appeals to music lovers of all ages, who are all welcomed at the event.

For more information please visit our website www.butserfest.co.uk

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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