Download Festival, Britain’s premier rock and steel fest, will skip this yr’s version as a result of international well being disaster.
Slated to happen June 12-14 at Donington Park, Download 2020 was inevitably scrapped as Britain enters a lockdown with strict, enforceable measures in place to restrict public gatherings.
“We’ve been carefully monitoring this unprecedented state of affairs and it’s turn into clear that it simply isn’t potential for the 2020 pageant to go forward,” reads a press release from organizers. “This resolution hasn’t been taken frivolously and we’re past upset, we lengthen our heartfelt apologies to all of you – we actually did attempt to make this work.”
The brainchild of promoter Andy Copping, Download was launched in 2003 and has expanded into France, the U.S. Spain, Japan and Australia.
The flagship 2020 U.K. occasion had a invoice that includes Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Kiss and others.
“Please relaxation assured we can be again subsequent yr,” the assertion continues.
The two-city Australian leg of Download Festival 2020 was scrapped earlier this month, as a result of unfold of the novel coronavirus.