There was a euphoric atmosphere on the first day of the Download Festival in Leicestershire – despite the humid weather.
About 10,000 people attended the pilot heavy metal music event in Donington Park, with no need to wear masks or practice social distancing.
Event promoter Andy Copping said there was a “real sense of euphoria” on Friday despite the bad weather.
“The point is, it wouldn’t be Download if it wasn’t for a bit of rain and we had to have this,” he said.
The festival, which usually hosted 111,000 people, was among the first large-scale events to return since the start of the pandemic.
Headliners included Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet for My Valentine – after the government allowed the festival to run as a test event in May.
Fans were seen arriving at Donington Park and pitching tents while wearing raincoats and waterproof ponchos, with more rain expected this weekend.
Festival goer Alexander Milas of London arrived at the event after cycling 193km on a charity bike from Hertfordshire and said the weather would only make the event better.
“In a way, it makes it better. It’s amazing how much it brings people together,” he said.
“The sheer misery and the joy of being with a lot of really wonderful, like-minded people. I feel like it’s perfect because it’s like ‘weather it is nice, we’re going to have a good time “.”
Mr Milas cycled to the festival with fundraising group Heavy Metal Truants, which raised over £ 1million for charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust and Save The Children.
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