If you’d take a tent in a muddy field over a sun lounger at a resort, this is a big weekend for you. Download festival is returning, but will others?

The heavy rock UK festival was called off in March this year, like so many others. But, in a twist of fate, the UK government gave Download festival the green light to go ahead this year. The event is part of a test to see how Covid-19 transmission works in large crowds.

Fans will attend the full three days of the festival, from 18th June – 20th June, with no social distancing or face coverings. Capacity has been reduced from 111,000 to just 10,000, but the big news? Moshing will be allowed.

There have been similar test events in other countries, like The Flaming Lips performing to a crowd encased in bubbles. In Liverpool, test events, including two large nightclub events and a gig from Blossoms, went off with apparent success. There has since been no detectable spread of the virus as a result of the events. If this test festival suggests such events won’t contribute to another spike in Covid-19 cases, the festival calendar in the UK this year could look a little less depressing.

Headliners for the Download festival pilot include Enter Shikari and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. With over 40 other bands performing at a cloudy but fairly warm Donnington Park, this weekend could be set to be a British festival classic!

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