Download Festival 2021 lineup revealed for government-backed coronavirus pilot event
The lineup for the Download Festival pilot event has been revealed – with some big British names on the line.
The festival had all but given up on taking place this year, as the lifting of restrictions in the government’s roadmap to emerge from the pandemic of festivals and major events would be too late for its June 4-6 schedule.
However, following the success of a number of coronavirus pilot events already hosted as part of the government events research program, including two club nights in Liverpool and the FA Cup semi-final from Leicester City to Wembley, Download has been given the green light, albeit on a smaller scale than usual.
Ten thousand people will be able to attend the festival during a weekend reserved for the campsite, at its usual location in Donington Park. This will be a big change from the 2019 festival, which had a maximum capacity of 111,000 people.
Everyone on site will have passed a rapid response lateral flow Covid test prior to entry and received a negative result.
Headliners are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are a punk rock band originally from Hemel Hempstead, while the Enter Shikari band are well known for their combination of metal, alternative rock and electronic music. Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine ends the weekend with their mix of heavy metal riffs and post-hardcore vocals.
Other big names in the lineup include Welsh pop-punk band Neck Deep, Sheffield metal band While She Sleeps, heavy metal band Skindred and Cambridge alternative rockers Lonely The Brave.
The groups will perform on two stages, down from the usual four.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Download said: “Downloaders, we could not be more eager to announce that we will be hosting a pilot event as part of the second phase of the government’s event research program. will be a campsite with a capacity of 10,000 people festival in Donington Park!
“Everyone on site will have passed a lateral flow test before entry and received a negative result and will also have passed a PCR test.”
Lateral flow test results are available in approximately 30 minutes. Coronavirus PCR tests, which downloaders will need to perform before and after the event, are sent to a lab for processing. The results will help researchers understand how the virus spreads between people during big events.
“This means you’ll be able to mosh, dance, hug your download mates, and swing without masks or social distancing.” added the spokesperson.
“Frankly, we can’t think of anything more impressive after 15 months away from our sacred land.
“Researchers from Public Health England will oversee the study. They will collect data on the risk of transmission, suspension of social distancing and facial coverages for several consecutive days. This data will help ensure that this summer’s events can run safely.
“There are certain criteria that scientific bodies must meet for their research (being over 16 is an example). Anyone wishing to participate will first need to read and agree to a consent document to ensure they understand the process. research and meet those criteria before you can purchase a ticket.
“To thank you for staying with us during these difficult times, Download 2022 ticket holders will receive the first 48 hours of dibs on pilot event tickets.
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“You will need to take a lateral flow test at home and it must be negative for you to participate in the event. If you test positive, don’t worry – you will be refunded.
“Researchers also need you to take a PCR test and drop it off in a priority mailbox before arriving at the event. All you need to show at the door will be your ticket, the corresponding ID and the result of your negative lateral flow test (this will be displayed as text or as an NHS email).
“Five days after the event, you will be asked to take a second PCR test and send it back to the ERP. These post-festival tests are really vital for research and you should return yours!
“We missed our whole download family so much and can’t wait to see you all again. It’s going to be epic!”