The latest in a string of coronavirus related alterations to the festival calendar
Jessie Atkinson
13:21 26th March 2020

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Download 2020 is the latest festival to cancel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival announced its decision on social media at noon today (26 March). The ultimate UK rock festival was due to go ahead in June, but will now take place in 2021 instead.

The full statement on Facebook reads:

"Download festival will no longer be taking place this year. We've been closeley 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 lineup 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."

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