The UK’s Download festival has been officially cancelled

Download Festival 2020
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Organisers of the UK’s Download festival (opens in new tab) have today confirmed that this year’s event has been cancelled.

It was due to take place at Castle Donington on June 12-14 with Iron Maiden (opens in new tab), Kiss (opens in new tab) and System Of A Down (opens in new tab) set to headline.

But with the music world in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic (opens in new tab), organisers have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 event.

A statement reads: “Download festival will no longer be taking place this year. We’ve been closely 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.”

Organisers say they are working with their ticket partners regarding refunds, and report that they’ll be in touch with fans to update them on the situation.

Fans can also hang on to their tickets and carry them over to Download 2021.

Iron Maiden, Kiss and System Of A Down were due to be joined on the bill by other artists including KornDeftonesDisturbedGojiraAlestormBlack Veil BridesOf Mice & Men,  VolbeatKillswitch EngageBabymetal, The Pretty Reckless, Airbourne, The Offspring, Skillet, BaronessMastodonLacuna CoilSepulturaAlter BridgeThe Darkness and Funeral For A Friend and Amaranthe.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.