We can all agree that British music festivals are oversaturated. It feels as though a new one pops up every year, trying to feed our ever-growing hunger for new music that defies labels, genres and geographical restrictions; with technology allowing practically everything to be at our fingertips, why should music be any different? It’s led to thousands of festivals springing up this time of year to the point that they begin to blur into one- except Butserfest. They do something different, and it’s pretty important that we know about it.
Butserfest is the UK’s leading alcohol and drug-free festival, enforcing a strict no-tolerance rule on the consumption of alcohol or drugs during the one-dayer. We know what most of you are probably thinking- bummer, right? What’s the point in heading to a music festival if you can’t enjoy some of the key components of the festival atmosphere? Well, quite a lot, actually.
It’s in the name; music festivals are, first and foremost, all about the music. And that’s certainly something Butserfest doesn’t compromise on, especially during their tenth anniversary celebrations this year when they really are pulling out all the stops. With the likes of Moose Blood, who have just broken into the UK Top 10 album chart with their latest release Blush, and Creeper, a band so hot right now they’re practically scorching, Butserfest are making sure their line-up is enough to draw people in regardless of their other unique selling points.
However, the fact that this festival promotes such a strong stance on something that many will argue against shows that, despite the hipster fashion trends and selfie sticks that seem to take over most festival weekends these days, music does in fact still pulse through the core of the industry. Just the achievement of Butserfest making it to it’s tenth year- and still going strong- is enough to prove that music festivals don’t have to lower themselves to fashionable phases and please-everyone popularity contests or, more specifically in this case, even centre themselves on the alcohol and drug culture that apparently festivals “just can’t survive without”.
Well, they can. They can survive without that, but they can’t survive without music. And neither can we.