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Download Festival To Return This Year As Download Pilot

It'll be three days in a limited capacity.

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Download Festival might not be coming back in its full capacity this year, but that doesn't mean it's completely gone! The festival's organizers have announced the details of Download Pilot, which is a three-day pilot festival that takes part in the U.K. government's Event Research Programme. The festival will take place between June 18 and 20 at Donington Park in Leicestershire with a capacity of 10,000. This follows Liverpool's Sefton Park pilot, which had a capacity of 5,000.

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"Following the huge success of our Sefton Park event, we are delighted to contribute to Phase II of the Government's Events Research Programme with the creation of the first three-day camping festival which will be the Download Pilot at Donington Park," said Festival Republic's Melvin Benn.

"This massive next step will help us understand and study the safe return of large-scale festivals with no social distancing or facemasks over a full weekend… the return of the full festival experience we have all been waiting for and a much-needed return to work for musicians, backstage crew, caterers and many more that form part of the UK's exemplary live music industry."

The lineup for Download Pilot will be announced on May 28, with tickets on sale May 27.

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