Download Festival returning for ‘pilot scheme’ with crowds and moshing


Download festival is returning next month as part of a ‘pilot scheme’ (Picture: WireImage)

Download festival-goers will be allowed to mosh as much as they want when the bash is back next month – as part of a ‘pilot’ scheme.

Bosses confirmed the annual festival will be part of the government’s ‘event research programme’, with 10,000 fans heading to Donington Park.

Fans can get their hands on tickets on June 1, with those who already have passes for Download 2022 being given ‘first dibs’.

And those who are lucky enough to attend can ‘mosh, dance and hug’ their fellow revellers.

An announcement on the official Download website reads: ‘Downloaders, we couldn’t be more hyped to announce that we will be running a pilot event as part of the second phase of the Government’s Event Research Programme. It’s gonna be a 10,000 capacity camping festival in Donington Park!

‘Everybody on site will have taken a lateral flow test before entry and received a negative result and will have taken a PCR test too. That means you’ll be able to mosh, dance, hug your fellow Downloaders, and rock out without a mask or social distancing.

‘Frankly, we can’t think of anything that sounds more awesome after 15 months away from our hallowed ground.’

The statement explained that researchers from Public Health England will be overseeing the study, which will help other events taking place later in the year.

Anyone who wants to attend will have to sign a consent document, and have to be over the age of 16 with a negative coronavirus test.

‘To say thank you for sticking with us through these tough times, Download 2022 ticket holders will be given first dibs for 48 hours on tickets for the pilot event,’ it continued.

‘You’ll need to take a Lateral Flow Test at home and it has to be negative for you to enter the event. If you test positive, don’t worry – you’ll be refunded. The researchers also need you to take a PCR test and drop it in a Priority Post Box before you get to the event. 

‘All you need to show at the gate will be your ticket, matching ID and your negative lateral flow test result (this will be shown as a text or email from the NHS).

Five days after the event, you’ll be asked to take a second PCR test and send it back to the ERP. These post-festival tests are really vital to the research and you must send yours back!

‘We’ve missed all our Download fam so much and can’t wait to see you all again. This is going to be epic! m/.’

A line-up for the bash has not been made public, but we can guarantee some incredible names will be on that list.

Aside from this, Download will be making a full return in 2022, with Kiss and Biffy Clyro remaining as headliners, and Iron Maiden added to the bill.

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