Organisers of Download Festival have confirmed this year’s UK festival will not take place amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The rock and metal festival, with a capacity of over 100,000 people, was due to take place from 12th to 14th June at Donington Park in the East Midlands. Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary, two weeks after Download, was cancelled last week for the same reason.
Kiss, Iron Maiden and System of a Down had been due to headline Download this year, with Deftones, Korn, Disturbed, The Offspring and Gojira also featuring on the line-up. Ticket holders will receive a refund or alternatively have the option to carry their ticket over to 2021.
Download Australia has also been cancelled due to the outbreak, after headliners My Chemical Romance postponed a huge chunk of their world tour and pulled out of the festival. Download Paris was already set to take a break this year due to renovation work on a nearby train station.
The full statement reads: “Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year.
“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 for next year. Look out for an email from your ticketing agent very soon and please only contact them if you have not been contacted after five days as they are very busy this week.”