Download Festival cancels 18th edition due to coronavirus

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Photo credit: Matt Eachus
Photo credit: Matt Eachus

Download Festival announces they will cancel this year’s event. This would have been the 18th edition of the British festival.

Download Festival explains that this for sure was not an easy decision to make. It is a huge hit for the festival as well as for the artists and festivalgoers. Surely, everyone would rather see for the festival to happen. However, with the ongoing situation around the world, the organisers had to give in.

All ticket owners should pay attention to an email from their ticketing agent very soon. The organisation writes that everyone with the ticket for the original 2020 event can get a refund or carry it over to the next year. They assure us the festival will be back next year and will do their best to deliver yet another incredible line-up.

Download 2020 will not be going ahead, read the full statement here.

Geplaatst door Download Festival op Donderdag 26 maart 2020

With both Spanis and French edition not taking place this year this is an even bigger hit for all the fans. Download Festival 2020 had an amazing line-up on the way for all rock and metal enthusiasts. Kiss, System of a Down and Iron Maiden are just some of the names that would have topped the bill this year.

The impact of this cancellation could be enormous. The British festival is an important date in the tour schedules of many rock and metal artists. It is also often the reason why artists start their European tours in June. Follow the latest news around music festivals and the coronavirus in our updated overview of cancellations and postponements.

Download Festival 2020

Photo credit: Matt Eachus
Photo credit: Matt Eachus

Download Festival was first held in 2003 at Donington Park and is conceived as the follow-up of Monsters of Rock, which was held at the same venue between 1980 and 1996. Currently, Download is considered to be the biggest rock and metal festival in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 110,000 visitors and headlining acts like Iron Maiden, Metallica, System of a Down, Kiss, Aerosmith, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, and Rammstein throughout the years.

  • Location: Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK.
  • Dates: not yet confirmed.
  • Tickets: not yet confirmed.
  • For more information, visit the official website.
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