The Download Festival kicked off in an atmosphere of “euphoria” this weekend, the event promoter said.
The festival takes place this weekend as part of a government live events pilot project, which means fans don’t have to wear masks or socially distance themselves.
The heavy metal event’s capacity has been drastically reduced from 111,000 to around 10,000.
Promoter Andy Copping told the PA News Agency there was a “real sense of euphoria” despite the rain.
“The point is, it wouldn’t be Download if it wasn’t for a bit of rain and we had to have this,” he added.
He said festival organizers are “honored” to be among the first large-scale events to return since the start of the pandemic.
Festival headliners include Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. More than 40 UK-based bands are on the program on two stages.
Festival organizers announced in March that they were canceling the event for a second year in a row due to the pandemic.
However, Download was given the green light in May to proceed as a government test event, following a number of small pilots and the Brit Awards in May – the first major indoor live music event in the Kingdom. – United for over a year.
Mr Coppling added, “It’s great that we are involved as a festival organizer, but just for this kind of music to be recognized as being important enough to be part of a very, very important event… c is really good.
Fans were seen arriving at Donington Park in Leicestershire and pitching tents while wearing raincoats and waterproof ponchos.
More rain is forecast for later in the weekend.
Additional reports by PA.
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