Download Festival recently took place in the UK as a pilot event with no mask or social distancing required – and it would have gone off without a hitch.
Over the weekend, Download welcomed rock and metal fans to Donington Park as the UK’s first major camping festival since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event significantly reduced the capacity to 10,000 people from the 111,000 participants registered in 2019.
Before the event, Shared download:
Everyone on site will have passed a lateral flow test prior to entry and received a negative result and also passed a PCR test. That means you’ll be able to mosh, dance, kiss your fellow downloaders, and wiggle your hips without masks or social distancing. Frankly, we can’t think of anything more awesome after 15 months away from our sacred land.
The Download Festival organizer said the pilot was “100% proof” that large-scale events can indeed take place safely amid the pandemic. The organizers also congratulated the participants on their compliance with the testing requirements.
Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, said: “In all honesty, the DCMS (Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sports) agrees with the message that these things can happen and they do. can safely occur. “
The pilot festival is one of many events to generate COVID-19 related data to help the UK government make decisions on social distancing and other restrictions going forward.
More details on the study here.
Back on an EPIC Sunday on Download Pilot! 🔥
Thank you for being a part of something amazing and playing your part to help reopen live music! 🤘 # DownloadPilot pic.twitter.com/j8gdyHQlhP
– Download Festival (@DownloadFest) June 21, 2021
Sources: DJ Mag, BBC