Due to the accelerating global outbreak of COVID-19, it’s been announced today that Download Festival 2020 has been cancelled. The announcement comes following the cancellation of Download Australia and is the latest major event to be canceled due to the ongoing global crisis. Read the full the statement from the organisers 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 stated, all tickets will be valid for next year’s event. The festival has also requested ticket holders only contact the organisational team if absolutely necessary due to their current workload. This is the first time Download Festival has ever been cancelled since it’s inception in 2003.