Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced major site improvements for 2022, including unparalleled accessibility improvements and sustainability initiatives.
Making its highly anticipated full-capacity return after three years, Download Festival 2022 is the big reunion of the UK rock community. Taking place between 10 – 12 June 2022 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.
Download Festival prides itself on listening to its loyal fanbase. The Village has moved even closer to the Arena and will now be located on hard-standing ground. This is not just water-proofing the site, but the move also means it will be located just minutes away from the Access Campsite with access customers now able to go freely from their camp to The Village without leaving solid ground.
In 2022, Download is partnering with Trees for Cities, while also introducing a new Circular Camping option, offering clean, upcycled tents and camping equipment. Alongside new locations for all campsites, walking distances have decreased, and with the new Castle Donington Bypass has made the addition of an East Car Park possible for the very first time.
Melvin Benn, Festival Republic MD explains “It’s 58 days from today until the opening of the campsite gates. It will be a massive 1092 days between Tool closing on the 16th of June 2019 and Heriot playing those first guitar chords on June 10. It is time for the Download Community to REUNITE!”
Festival Republic has been working with Attitude is Everything since 2001. Download Festival signed up to the Attitude is Everything Live Event Access Charter and currently holds the Gold Award within the charter. The Accessible Campsite remains in the same hardstanding location. The Accessible Campervan space has moved to a flatter more accessible location and the space for campervans has increased by 42% to over 100 spaces for 2022. Returning in 2022 will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters on the Main and Second Stage platforms, provided by Performance Interpreting, Camp Accessibility Ambassadors, Wheelchair Charging tent and much more.
For 2022, Download Festival has reduced walking distances for festival attendees by moving campsites, car parks, the transport hub and The Village. When campers were looking at almost an hour walk to the campsites from The Arena, the new campsite locations mean that Downloaders can reach their tents in the furthest campsites from The Arena in just 25 minutes. As The Village is now a central hub between campsites, this can be reached from the majority of campsites in 15 minutes or less.
Festival Republic has worked to reduce the environmental impact of their venues and festivals to ensure they are responsible global citizens, taking care of the communities where they operate and doing their part to curb the most harmful impacts of global climate change. To sequester the CO2 emissions from audience travel, Download is partnering with Trees For Cities. An additional £1 car park pass donation will fund tree-planting projects in both Derbyshire county and Leicestershire county in the coming planting seasons.
The festival’s recycling and composting rates rose from 46% in 2018 to 59% in 2019 with zero waste going to landfills, all water bottles sold at the bars and trader’s stands will be made from 100% recycled PET, supporting the recycling industry, and Co-op’s reverse vending machines return for the third year. All water refill points in The Arena have been completely redesigned with high flow meaning that a litre bottle can be refilled in just 3 seconds, compared to 2019, when it could have taken up to 12 seconds. That’s four times faster!
Additionally, when planning to travel to the festival, Big Green Coach’s services are now completely carbon neutral and Download’s Liftshare car park is once again open to Downloaders choosing to reduce their carbon footprint by sharing their car journey. At the last full-scale Download in 2019, the Liftshare car park sold out with 157 cars taking part and £20,000 was raised for local schools through car park pass donations with Ecolibrium & Solar for Schools to install solar panels.
Download Festival is also introducing a new Circular Camping option, offering clean, upcycled tents and camping equipment allowing fans to enjoy the festival sustainably without packing any heavy camping gear. Circular Camping will be located in the Green campsite, next to the Eco Camp, which is back for 2022 for a third year with 100% of tents taken away in 2018 and 2019, and being delivered by Be Your Environment Community Camping (BYEco). More info on Circular Camping is available via this link.
Download Festival is also ramping up its late-night entertainment and bringing even more DJs sets and later nights to The Village. The festival will continue the party well into the night with some of the UK’s most exciting DJs and exceptional talent taking to The Dog House stage each night from Wednesday, including BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter, Kerrang! Radio’s Jon Mahon, DJ and producer Zoe London and many, many more.