IF YOU prefer your dudes to look like ladies while eating chop suey with the wolves of winter, then this year’s Download Festival is for you.
Making the ground of Donington Park, Leicestershire, shake with some of the world’s biggest rock and metal acts rather than its usual fast cars, music lovers will be flocking to the home of British Motorsport in June.
This year the festival has gone back to its usual progressive line up, getting metal fans going on Friday with headliners System of a Down, playing to the pop-rock crowd will be Biffy Clyro on Saturday, and entertaining all generations as only they can, Aerosmith will take to the stage on Sunday to close the weekend.
But not only have the organisers put together an ear-bashing line-up for even the most modest of rock fans, they have also promised what no other festival has yet been able to tackle. Mud.
British weather has always been unpredictable, but every year Download fans get soaked through. And while many images and videos surface of carefree mud sliders, this year organisers are hoping to keep everyone’s feet a little drier by adding 3,000 metres of new drainage systems and 1,115 metres of ditches to tackle the rainfall.
Festival manager John Probyn said: “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.”
Download have also reviewed traffic management plans and are working closely with local authorities to produce alternative travel routes following the implications of the unforeseen closure of the M1 in 2016.
A new route from the North and three new routes from the South will aim to better control festival traffic, to ease congestion for locals and festival goers alike, minimalising traffic in the event of a major road closure.
Ticket holders driving on and off site each day will be moved to a new car park and people traffic moving around the site will have new trackways to improve trekking conditions. Disabled rockers will also be benefitting from a better campsite and closer parking and festival entrance. Security and festival helpers have also been stepped up this year to ensure everyone has the best time.
Download Festival 2017 will be taking place at Donington Park from June 9 to 11 and will have performances from acts including A Day To Remember, AFI, Steel Panther, Sum 41, Issues, Simple Plan, and more.
For tickets and the full line-up, visit downloadfestival.co.uk.