Download Festival has announced major site improvement plans for the 2020 festival, which takes place on June 12-14 at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
This year’s Download is headlined by Kiss, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down.
In an announcement, Festival Republic said the rock festival “prides itself on listening to its loyal fanbase”.
The Village has moved even closer to The Arena and will be located on the hard-standing tarmac lake. Download Festival has reacted to public feedback after the severe weather conditions of last year.
The festival has also become even more sustainable on site with 100% hydrotreated vegetable oil biofuel to be used that will reduce carbon emissions by 60%. Vegan options have increased.
Alongside new locations for all campsites, walking distances have decreased. With the new Castle Donington Bypass, there is the addition of an East Car Park.
Melvin Benn, Festival Republic MD, said: “Download is a festival like no other, the audience is as essential as a headliner and we’re excited to bring these site changes to the 2020 festival for better customer experience. The new location of The Village is incredibly exciting as we have made use of the hard-standing tarmac lake. What’s equally exciting is the merch superstore that will be located here, with plenty of options to commemorate the weekend. The new Castle Donington Bypass has allowed us to introduce a third carpark for those coming from the North, and all these site changes have reduced walking times across the site.
“The legacy of Download deserves to be celebrated so we will be burying a time capsule on site during Download weekend. Artists will add to it, and I would love for Downloaders to be involved by suggesting items to include and becoming a part of history. Here’s to a great 2020.”
Download Festival signed up to the Attitude is Everything Charter of Best Practice in 2017 and currently holds the Gold Award within the charter. The Accessible Campsite remains on the same hard-standing location.
The Accessible Campervan space has moved to a flatter more accessible location and the space for campervans has increased by 42% to over 100 spaces for 2020.