It's possible Download festival 2021 is going is going to be a celebration like no other. Following a mammoth 2019 with headlining sets from Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool, plans for the 2020 event were in full swing, with site improvements in place and bands galore.
Then, of course, came COVID-19, and the postponement of the festival until next year. It's what nobody wanted, but Download 2021 will be something else. A real party.
Here's everything we know about Download festival 2021 so far
When is Download festival 2021?
Download festival will take place on the weekend of 4-6 June 2021. It's likely that the campsites will open on Wednesday 2 June.
Where is Download festival 2021?
Download festival will take place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, the former home of the iconic Monsters Of Rock festival.
Where can I get tickets for Download festival 2021?
Tickets for Download festival 2021 are not on sale yet. If it's like previous years, there will be camping, non-camping and three and five-day options available. We'll announce these as they come available, and day tickets are expected to go on sale much nearer the event.
What about my 2020 tickets?
The organisers say "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," and warn that ticket holders should expect to hear from their ticketing provider.
Who is playing Download festival 2021?
We don't know this yet. We imagine that many of the bands booked for the 2020 will want to return for 2021, although schedules may not permit this to happen. The three headliners lined up for the 2020 festival were Kiss on Friday, Iron Maiden on Saturday, and System Of A Down on Sunday.
Other bands booked to appear included Korn, Deftones, The Offspring, Disturbed, Gojira, Alestorm, Black Veil Brides, Of Mice & Men, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Babymetal, The Pretty Reckless, Airbourne, Skillet, Baroness, Mastodon, Lacuna Coil, Sepultura, Alter Bridge, The Darkness and Funeral For A Friend, Amaranthe, Bowling For Soup, Cemetery Sun, The Distillers, Employed To Serve, Fire From The Gods, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Gender Roles, Glorious Sons, Haken, Hatari, Heavy Lungs, The Hara, Higher Power, Holding Absence, JJ Wilde, Loathe, The Menzingers, Milk Teeth, Modern Error, Motionless In White, Northlane, Press Club, Polyphia, The Raven Age, Renounced, Tempt, Twin Temple, Sleep Token, Shvpes, Sulli, The Skints, Three Doors Down, Thy Art Is Murder, Will Haven and Wage War!
Here's the full 2020 line-up poster. This will be updated with the 2021 details as soon as we have them.