Download Music Festival cancelled for a second year due to COVID-19

Download Music Festival cancelled for a second year due to COVID-19
The Download Music Festival, a renowned British-created rock music festival that is held annually in England at Donington Park; in Paris, France; and in Australia at the Parramatta Park in Sydney as well as the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, is reportedly being cancelled for a second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event organizers confirmed that the metal and rock music event, which was due to be held between 4th of June and 6th of June and headlined by leading bands like System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, and Kiss, would no longer take place this year.

According to reports, following an intense discussion session, festival bosses concluded that making the event happen was not feasible this time around as well. Event goers that had already bought their tickets have been informed that they can either retain their purchased spots for next year’s event or receive a complete refund.

Supposedly, the music festival was expected to kick off few weeks prior to the UK governments target date of 21st June to eliminate all legal restrictions on events that involve heavy social contact. The event was also completely scrapped back in 2020 owing to the pandemic.

The cancelled 2020 event, which would have seen Download celebrate the 40th anniversary of its initial incarnation, called the Monsters of Rock, was expected to take place this year. This no longer seems possible as despite massive vaccination efforts, COVID-19 still poses a severe threat to the host countries.

Event organizers released an official statement where they said that the decision to cancel the event for this year came after the UK government unveiled its comprehensive roadmap to unlock the country and despite the unprecedented efforts by the NHS to conduct vaccinations.

However, in an optimistic note, organizers also stated that the festival would return much more stronger than before in 2022, with bands like Kiss, Iron Maiden, and Biffy Clyro, already scheduled to perform as event headliners.