FESTIVAL NEWS: Full Line-Up Announced For Download Pilot

Download Pilot, the 10,000 capacity three-day camping only test event, have announced their full line-up. 

Headliners for the event are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine, who will be joined by Neck Deep, While She Sleeps, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Sleep Token, Creeper, Holding Absence, Boston Manor, Conjurer and many more. 

We’re incredibly excited to safely welcome back fans to Donington Park and honoured to play a vital part in the return of live music to the UK,” says Download booker Andy Copping. “Putting together a line-up of 40 outstanding bands including headliners like Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine, is something the Download brand is uniquely able to do and made possible by a thriving UK rock scene and deep pool of in-demand talent. With moshing back on the cards, this is going to be a true celebration of festival spirit and something special to be a part of.”

Check out the full line-up poster below. 

Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, this Download Pilot, as the first 10,000 capacity camping festival event, will play an important role in paving the way for the return of large-scale music events and festivals as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions. As a Government scientific Events Research Programme event, festivalgoers will need to consent to take part and must be over 16. There will be no day tickets available with all festivalgoers expected to camp on-site for the duration of the event. 

Download Pilot will take place between 18th – 20th June 2021. With tickets priced at just £120 (plus booking fee) for the full three-day festival and initially being offered as a thank you to existing Download Festival 2022 ticket holders, those in attendance will be rewarded with the closest to a festival experience possible, with no social distancing, no masks, camping and the return of moshing.

Whilst festival goers will not be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once inside the festival, they will be required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to and from Donington Park and adhere to rules set out by the festival organisers. Attendees must take a lateral flow test on the morning of the event and receive a negative result to enter the festival. As part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, the Download Pilot attendees will also be asked to take a PCR test before and after the event to gather further evidence on the safety of the festival camping experience, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings. They will also have to provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace to ensure everyone can be traced in the event of an audience member receiving a positive test after the event.

Big Green Coach is providing safe coach travel to the event from Birmingham, Birkenhead, Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Victoria), Manchester and Sheffield, straight to the heart of Donington Park. Visit their website HERE for more details.

Tickets will be available on 1st June 2021 for those who already have tickets for Download Festival 2022, with general on-sale tickets available from 3rd June 2021. Head to the Download Festival website HERE for further information and tickets.  

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