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Download Festival confirms 2021 cancellation

Despite some optimism that a summer festival season could go ahead, Download has taken the decision to cancel their 2021 event and plan thoroughly for a major return next year.

“We can now confirm that Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year. But we do have exciting news for 2022,” the event said in a statement posted to social media.

Adding: “We never gave up hope of bringing the festival back to Donington this June and had been working so hard behind the scenes to make that happen. but we now know it’s not possible. We’re heartbroken for everyone in the Download family, from artists to suppliers and of course our passionate Download fans.”

The Donington Park event was scheduled to take place in June this year but the dates fall early according to the UK’s planned vaccine roadmap. Rather than reschedule, Download has instead revealed its 2022 details with KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro confirmed as headliners.

“Like everyone, we were all hugely disappointed when the global pandemic forced the cancellation of Download 2020 which would have been Maiden’s seventh time headlining here,” Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson said.

“So we are delighted to be invited back and fulfil our ambition of playing Donington Park in every decade since the 1980’s!

“As most people know, this Festival is hallowed ground for us (and Eddie!) and our fans’ vocal support and enthusiasm is always phenomenal and much appreciated. We can’t wait to see everyone again, and are determined to make the show one hell of a party and the greatest homecoming ever!”

While offering his disappointment, Download boss Andy Copping remained excited about future plans, stating: “Downloaders, your 2022 headliners are here! Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS will be kicking off Friday in style, Iron Maiden will return bringing with them mascot Eddie and more fire than we can handle, and what better way to end the festival than with Biffy who will leave us awestruck with their energy. I’m counting down the days already!”