Download Festival And Governors Ball Canceled Due To Coronavirus

With the pandemic still going on, both Download Festival and Governors Ball have been canceled.

Organizers of the long-running UK festival told fans Download “will be back next year.” They posted a statement on their website saying:

“Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year.

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.”

Governors Ball also released their own statement regarding the decision to cancel the festival:

“Simply put – due to current government mandates and the evolving situation in NYC, it is neither safe nor prudent to move forward with our June dates,” Founders Entertainment, the producers of Governors Ball, said in a statement. “The well-being of our fans, artists, staff, vendors, partners, and the surrounding NYC community is always our #1 priority.

“Over the past few weeks, we have gone to great lengths to find a postponement date that works for all parties involved,” the statement added. “Due to a myriad of planning and logistical issues, we have come to the conclusion that there are no sufficient options available to us. We are pushing ahead, and are already jumping into plans for 2021.”

Ticketholders can either request a refund or transfer their ticket to next year’s festival at the Governors Ball website.

This year’s Governors Ball Music Festival was to take place on Randall’s Island from June 5th-7th, while Download Festival was set to take place June 12th-14th at Donington Park.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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