There’s some big changes coming to Download Festival this year. The world’s premier rock and metal festival have announced they will be implementing some major improvements to the festival site this year, with the village and campsites being relocated, new vendors being announced and much, much more.
The Village - the bustling central hub for all festival goers - will now be moved to the tarmac reservation close the main arena and will be hosting a new 900 square meter merch megastore for all weekend campers. In relation, it’s been announced that the campsites will be relocated due to this, and thanks to the new Castle Donington Bypass, 2020 will see the introduction of an additional East car park.
These changes will see a massive reduction to walking distances across the festival site. According to the festival, the walk between the furtherest campsite and arena will be 25 minutes at most. In relation, the walk between the furthest campsite and village will be reduced to 10 minutes at most.
The six newly relocated campsites will also see a fan driven rebrand and a competition to name these campsites is now open. Entry closes March 8th and the new names will be confirmed March 16th. You can enter the competition here.
In terms of substantiality, the festival has also confirmed they will be using 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil biofuel during this year’s event, an endeavour that will reduce carbon emissions by appropriately 60%. In order to meet increasing demand, Download Festival has also confirmed that there will be 40% more vegan food vendors and 42% more gluten free vendors in comparison to last year. All water refill points have been redesigned, meaning that water bottles can be refilled four times faster than previously.
As for changes within the arena, The Dogtooth Stage (often referred to as the fourth stage) will be increasing in capacity from 2890 to 4050. A new merch stand has also been confirmed for the guest area.
Inspired by Iron Maiden’s ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ performance, Download has also announced that they will be celebrating the festival’s legacy and longevity with a time capsule burial during the event. Fans will have the chance to contribute towards the burial of the capsule over the course of the weekend and artists from across the history of the festival have been invited to contribute. The time capsule is due to be surfaced in May 2078, 75 years following the very first Download Festival.
Download Festival 2020 takes place at Donington Park, Leicestershire, between 12th – 14th June and will be headlined by Kiss, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down. Tickets and full details can be found here. The line-up so far can be seen below.