FESTIVAL NEWS: Download announce site improvements Print E-mail
Friday, 07 April 2017 11:00

The organizers of the Download festival have announced some major site improvements, designed to improve access to the event site – and also alleviate some of the problems caused by last year’s unprecedented downpours.


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It is reckoned that a massive 70 million gallons of rain – the equivalent of 106 Olympic size swimming pools – fell on the Donington site last year, causing the event to earn the nickname ‘Drownload’ due to the resulting conditions.


For this year, the organizers have added a new drainage system, totalling more than 3,000 metres and increasing the amount of drainage by fourfold.  They’ve also added more than 1,100 metres of new ditches to take water away from the site.


The organizers also say that they have been “working closely with local authorities to produce alternative travel routes following the implications of the unforeseen closure of the M1 in 2016”.  This means that there will be a new access route from the north and three new routes from the south, which “will allow better control over festival traffic, ease congestion for local and festival goers alike and minimise traffic in the event of a major road closure”.


The car park for those driving to and from Download also has been relocated.  This means that “most vehicles will aim to be parked on hard standing ground and new trackways will be put in place where needed to allow ease of vehicle movement and to improve conditions underfoot for people walking through the campsite”. The number of free onsite shuttle buses for the main arena from the west car park also is being increased.


The disabled access campsite is also being overhauled with “improved ground conditions” and a new location which will “allow customers to park nearer to their tents, in an area with an increased amount of hard standing ground and pathways”.


Other changes being made for this year’s event include the recruitment of a 400-strong “Dog Squad”, the opening up of the Zippo Stage, the relocation of the Avalanche Stage – both moves designed to ease movement between stages – and the moving the of the Quiet Campsite further away from the East Midlands Airport runway.


This year’s Download – headlined by System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith – takes place over the weekend of Friday 9 – Sunday 11 June.  Tickets remain available HERE.


PHOTO CREDIT:  Crowd photo courtesy of Download.


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