Download Festival have regrettably announced the cancellation of their 2020 event, becoming the latest music festival forced to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers shared the news via a statement issued on the festival’s official website, which can be read in full below.
“We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and it’s become clear that it just isn’t possible for the 2020 festival to go ahead. This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and we’re beyond disappointed, we extend our heartfelt apologies to all of you – we really did try to make this work.
Please rest assured we will be back next year. Now, more than ever, we need the Download spirit to thrive and offer support to those that need it most. We’ll do our best to put together an amazing line up for you in 2021 and can’t wait to see you all then. Thank you, as ever, for your continued support.
We are working closely with our ticketing partners now and they will be in touch very soon to process your refund, or, if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. Look out for an e-mail from your ticketing agent very soon and please only contact them if you have not been contacted after 5 days as they are very busy at this time.”
As detailed in the statement, attendees are encouraged to hold onto their tickets, which will remain valid for next year’s event. Those seeking refunds will soon be contacted by Download Festival‘s ticketing partners.
The festival was set to be hosted on June 12th-14th at Donington Park in Derbyshire, with main stage headline slots from KISS, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down across the weekend.
This marks the first time that Download Festival has been cancelled since its inaugural year back in 2003