Download Festival Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
Download Festival 2020 has joined the ever-increasing list of music events being cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The organisers of the event posted an official statement on the website on the 26th of March letting fans know that the festival would no longer be going forward.
" 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", it reads.
Going on to say: "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."
Tickets Already Sold
The statement also says that the organisers are working with ticketing partners to get the ball rolling on processing refunds. However, they are offering those who have already purchased tickets the option to retain them and use them for the Download 2021.
This year would have seen some legendary rock bands take to the stage, with Kiss, Iron Maiden and System of a Down all set to headline. As well as that, the likes of Korn, The Offspring, Funeral For A Friend, Bowling For Soup and Deftones were all set to perform too.
This is the first time that the annual event held at Donnington Park has been cancelled in its 17 year history. It managed to remain open throughout heavy flooding during what was dubbed 'Drownload 2016'.
The History Of Download
Download is a rock, punk and metal festival which is attended by over 100,000 fans each year in Donnington, England. It's held in the same location as the legendary Monsters of Rock festival, which ended in 1996. When Download took over in 2003, the organisers looked at Donnington Park as the perfect place for the festival. Its history made it, for them and many others, the 'home of rock' in the UK.
Some of the headliners for 2020 included Kiss, Iron Maiden, System of A Down, Deftones, Alterbridge and Korn
While hugely disappointing for music fans, the cancellation of Download follows a similar move by the organisers of the Glastonbury Festival. It seems, for summer 2020, at least, music events will be put on hold across the board.
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