Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2020, has announced site improvement's for this year's event.
- The Village is now a central hub between the campsites and has been moved closer to the arena, located on hardstanding - and will include the largest ever festival merch stall.
- Using 100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil biofuel will reduce carbon emission by 60%.
- There'll be increased vegan food options.
- There's new locations for all campsites, with decreased walking distances.
- There is the addition of an East Car Park.
Melvin Benn, Festival Republic MD says; “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 hardstanding 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.”
The newly located general campsites will also see a fan rebrand, and Downloaders can suggest what each of the six campsites should be called right here. Entries must be submitted by Monday 9th March.
In 2019, the Liftshare carpark sold out with 157 cars taking part, with combined travel saving 16.29 tonnes of CO2e, and £20,000 was raised for local schools to install solar panels through car park donations which is up on £15,800 in 2018. The Recycling and composting rates rose from 46% in 2018 to 59% in 2019 with zero waste going to landfill, bars will once again be operating with reusable cups, and Co-op’s reverse vending machines return for a third year. All water bottles sold at the bars and traders stands will be made from renewable plant-based bottles, and all water refill points in The Arena have been completely redesigned with high flow meaning that a litre bottle can be refilled in just 3 seconds, compared to last year which could have taken up to 12 seconds. That’s four times faster!
Festival Republic have worked with Attitude is Everything since 2001. 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 hardstanding 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.
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