18 – 20 Jun 2021 / Donington Park, Derby

Download Festival 2021 Pilot

About Download Festival 2021 Pilot

About Download Pilot Festival

Downloaders, we couldn't be more hyped to announce that we will be running a pilot event as part of the second phase of the Government's Event Research Programme. It's gonna be a 10,000 capacity camping festival in Donington Park!

Everybody on site will have taken a Lateral Flow Test before entry and received a negative result and will have taken a PCR test too. That means you'll be able to mosh, dance, hug your fellow Downloaders, and rock out without a mask or social distancing. Frankly, we can't think of anything that sounds more awesome after 15 months away from our hallowed ground.

Researchers from Public Health England will be overseeing the study. They will be gathering data on transmission risk, the suspension of social distancing and face coverings over several consecutive days. This data will help to ensure that events later this summer can go ahead safely.

There's certain criteria the science bods need you to fulfil for their research (being over 16 is one example). Anyone who wants to attend will need to read and agree to a consent document first to ensure they understand the research process and meet these criteria before they can buy a ticket.

You'll need to take a Lateral Flow Test at home and it has to be negative for you to enter the event. If you test positive, don't worry – you'll be refunded. The researchers also need you to take a PCR test and drop it in a Priority Post Box before you get to the event. All you need to show at the gate will be your ticket, matching ID and your negative Lateral Flow Test result (this will be shown as a text or email from the NHS). Five days after the event, you'll be asked to take a second PCR test and send it back to the ERP. These post-festival tests are really vital to the research and you must send yours back!

We've missed all our Download fam so much and can't wait to see you all again. This is going to be epic!

For more details on the Events Research Programme and the testing procedure, please see here:


Location Map

Download Festival 2021 Pilot
Donington Park Castle Donington
Derby England
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Everything You Need To Know About The Download Pilot!

When do tickets go on sale?

Download Pilot tickets will go on sale to Download 2022 Festival ticket holders only on Tuesday the 1st of June at 12:00.
If you haven’t got your DL22 ticket yet you will need to buy before 17:00 on Sunday the 30th of May to be eligible for a pilot ticket.
General on sale will be Thursday the 3rd of June at 12:00.

Tickets will be listed on sale here via Ticketmaster.

How much will Download Pilot tickets cost?

£120 + fees for the 3 days, camping and parking.

When will we know the line up?

The Download Pilot line up will be announced this Friday 28th of May at 12:00!

Where does the Download Pilot take place?

In the hallowed grounds of Donington Park.

When does the Download Pilot start and finish?

Gates open at 14:00 on Friday 18th June. Music starts at 17:00. Music will finish at 23:00 on Sunday 20th June. You can leave Sunday night or Monday morning.

What is the capacity?


How is the site laid out?

It's camping AND the arena all in one! The arena features two stages, a Main Stage and a big top with the Second Stage.

I am disabled - can I attend the event and what access facilities will there be on site?

Yes, you can attend. If you need to bring a Companion/Personal Assistant/Carer, first buy your full price ticket, and then you can apply for an extra ticket at no additional cost.

On site there will be dedicated disabled parking and pick up and drop off, a dedicated disabled access campsite with accessible toilets and showers facilities. There will be accessible viewing platforms at the outdoor stage and the tented stage.

You can apply for the facilities you require as well as Personal Assistant/Carer tickets using our Access Requirements Form, via the event website, once you have purchased your ticket.

Can I buy day tickets?

No, only weekend tickets are available.

Do I need to stay on site?

Everyone will be camping and there will be food and drink will be available on site so there's really no reason to leave - plus, the music starts at 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday and you don't want to miss out!

Can I bring my own food and drink?


  • Cans of alcohol - one case (24) per person
  • 3L box of wine
  • 70cl of spirits decanted into a vessel (not glass)

Where can I get a Lateral Flow Test from?

You can order Lateral Flow Tests here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or pick them up from any chemist You are also welcome to go to an Alternative Testing Site.

Can I get tested on site?

There will be no testing on site. Do your Lateral Flow Test and PCR tests at home before you arrive.

Will there be merch available to buy on site?

Yes, a whole range of limited edition merch will be available.

Do I need to bring cash?

No, the whole site is cashless. You can use debit/credit cards or apps on your phone, such as Google Pay and Apple Pay. Cash won't be accepted anywhere on site.

Can I mosh?!

Yes! No social distancing or masks will be required once on site.

Will RIP be available?

We will have a very limited number of RIP upgrades available including RIP Camping, RIP Classic Bell for 2 or 4 and Campervan plots, all situated in Park Farm.

The RIP upgrades do not include a festival ticket, you must already have a festival ticket in order to purchase the RIP packages.

Please look out for details on how to upgrade to RIP in your confirmation email sent from Ticketmaster once you have purchased your festival ticket.

Will there be Campervan spots?

We are working on a much smaller site than a normal Download so please note there will only be campervan plots in RIP and these are strictly limited.

Please note that Ticketmaster can only deal with questions and issues regarding tickets. For all other enquiries regarding the festival, please visit the Download website or contact them directly.

Download Festival 2021 Pilot