Download 2020 To Become A Virtual Festival

Looks like this year’s Download Festival will live on but as an online event. According to the BBC, Download Festival 2020 will become a virtual festival.

Originally set to take place June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by KISS, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down, the online event will feature music, interviews, and unseen performances on those dates.

“We’ll have three daily shows with a mix of music, special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage, interactive content and loads more,” said organizers in a statement. “The shows will be broadcast across Friday, Saturday and Sunday — recreating the best weekend of the summer in the safety and comfort of your own home!”

“Of course, we want you lot to be as involved as ever! Put your tents and flags up in your garden, send us pics of previous years, air guitar to your fave bands — this weekend is about YOU, the fans, and celebrating the Download community,” continues the statement.

“That said, Download Dog reminds you to stay safe, stay home and save lives. Practice safe social distancing and make sure you’re only hosting tent parties with members of your own household — but we encourage you to rock out over video chat with your festival pals!”

The full lineup will be announced at a later date. The festival will be streamed via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Stay tuned for more details.


Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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