Download Festival makes major site improvements

Download Festival has announced major improvement plans for the 2017 festival. New drainage systems, alternative traffic routes, improved disabled access, a 400 strong ‘Dog Squad’ to aid festival goers, and a stage relocation are among the new developments put in place to better meet the needs of Download fans. Download Festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at

Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn says:

“As a festival we’re always looking to improve the experience for our customers – it’s always at the forefront of any planning we do, so the feedback we received on last year’s festival has been invaluable. We introduced the dog blog this year which has enabled us to really listen to the Download fans and take on board all suggestions, and in turn implement plans that will see this year’s Download be the best yet.”

With over 70 million gallons of rain falling across the weekend – the equivalent of 106 Olympic sized swimming pools – ground conditions at last years festival were naturally waterlogged. This year sees the introduction of a new drainage system which totals over 3,000 metres and quadruples the amount in previous years. An additional 1,115 metres of new ditches have also been added to take water away from site.

Festival Manager John Probyn says:

“We’ve made major changes that will benefit the Download audience not just this year, but for years to come. Whilst rain in any situation will naturally create wetter ground conditions, we’ve taken measures to ensure our festival goers see a tangible improvement by increasing the vital drain structures on site to four times what they were in 2016.”

The fastest way to obtain up-to-date traffic information will be via the Download Festival App and through the Download Festival social media channels.

The relocation of the disabled campsite will see improved ground conditions and provide ease of access for disabled customers. The improved location will allow for customers to park nearer to their tents in an area with an increased amount of hard standing ground, and pathways with a better central toilet and shower facility that is easily accessible.

The Avalanche Stage (Third Stage) is this year being relocated to allow easier access between stages. The area around the Zippo Encore Stage will also be opened up, allowing for improved crowd movement and flow. The Quiet campsite will be positioned further from the East Midlands Airport runway, with the North East corner of the current campsite undergoing development over the next 3 years to provide a better-withstanding ground. The Download Festival Dog blog has been active on the website since the start of the year, allowing customers to email in questions or suggestions. So far over 300 people have emailed with suggestions that have been taken into consideration for this year’s festival.

For further information, please visit the Download Festival social media channels.

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