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Read up on all the essential info for Download Festival 2018 covering everything from tickets to travel and much more!

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There is no better place to listen to your favourite bands with your favourite people than the historic Donington Park. The Estate is home to a herd of 300 wild deer, is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and has 150 acres of ancient woodland. We want to work with you to keep this site special.

We are pleased to be one of the 70 Vision Festival’s committed to reducing our carbon emissions, read more here about the Vision Festival : 2025 pledge.

Since 2016 Download has participated in Creative Green Certification. This is an external assessment by Julie’s Bicycle– a charity who support the creative industries to act on climate change – to measure our understanding, commitment and improvement towards environmental sustainability.  In 2017 we achieved an awesome four out of five stars! Read the full report here. We could not have done any of this without your help, so a huge thank you to the environmentally conscious Download community who participated in our initiatives.

Waste strategy

We are sure you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Donington Estate. We need your help to keep it that way by minimising waste and participating in our recycling initiatives over the weekend.

Last year none of the waste produced at Download Festival went to landfill, 41% was recycled or composted and 59% went to energy from waste.  That is an excellent achievement and thank you to everyone who was involved. We want to continue to work with you to improve this year on year, read on to find out what your part is in this.


When you get to the festival you will be given your Campers’ Waste Kit. Your kit will consist of:

  • Clear Plastic Bag for recycling: Put plastic bottles, aluminium cans, food tins, general plastic containers, newspapers, magazines, flyers & brochures, cardboard and beer cases.
  • Biodegradable Bag – for organic waste. Put your food scraps and leftovers, takeaway food packaging, etc.
  • For general rubbish – use your shopping bags.  In these go crisp packets, scrappy bits of plastic, straws and all other rubbish. Try and minimise this as everything in these bags goes to Energy from Waste (incineration).


When you’ve filled up your bags, bring them to the Recycling Points in the campgrounds and hand them in. You can also grab more recycling bags from the recycling points.


We run a three-bin system at the festival, which means every bin station in the campsite will be formed by 3 bins:

COMPOST – When you buy food from the traders at Download Festival, everything your food comes in is compostable so plates, cutlery and napkins can be placed in the compost bins along with the food scraps.  Please make sure NO PLASTIC goes into the compost.

RECYCLE – Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, magazines and clean and dry cardboard (no used greasy pizza boxes as these do not recycle).

GENERAL WASTE – There should be minimal left over that goes into General Waste.


To minimise the waste from disposable beer cups, we are continuing to use reusable cups at the bars in the main arena at Download. Pay £2 deposit on your first beer and get it back when you return the cup at the end of the night or at the end of the festival (before Sunday night) to our dedicated refund points next to the main bars.


Due to the problems that plastic waste causes to the environment all plastic bottles sold on-site will have a 10p deposit so we can make sure they get recycled. There will be refund points next to the main bars operated by Greenpeace volunteers (marked on the site map) for you to redeem your deposit. 10 bottles or single use cups for £1 or fill up a recycling bag of bottles for £5.  Please make sure you return them by Sunday night to avoid disappointment.


We’ve teamed up with Every Can Counts this year who will gladly give your finished drink cans a new home.  Expect games and activities, who knew recycling could be this much fun!


Travelling to the festival makes up ¾ of the total carbon emissions generated. You could travel by public transport or carshare to help reduce this.

We have partnered with Big Green Coach to provide coach travel to the festival and have some exciting incentives for coach travellers.

For every customer who books travel with Big Green Coach, they sponsor and protect 5 square foot of Amazonian Rainforest for 10 years.  Check out their website for more info – Big Green Coach.. 


Car sharing will not only help you save money by sharing the costs but it will also reduce the amount of traffic on the roads, helping the environment.  Last year 5906 miles were saved, equating to 1.16 tonnes of CO2.

We are working with Liftshare with a community of 5700 Download fans – visit DOWNLOAD LIFTSHARE to find drivers offering spaces in their car or festival goers who need a lift.

Liftshare have been awarded the TrustSeal, which confirms they run on good practice principles with clear safety guidelines and take appropriate steps to verity the identity of their users. For more info on safety click here.


The main contributor of carbon emissions at festivals is travel, which accounts for 70% of a festival’s carbon footprint. That is why at Download Festival we are introducing carbon offsetting to our car and motorcycle parking prices. £1 of the cost of your parking pass will be donated to the charity Energy Revolution, who invest in renewable energy projects. Watch this video to find out more.  If you don’t want to travel by car, there are other forms of lower carbon to travel to the festival such as Big Green Coach or train with direct shuttle buses to the festival.

Tents and Camping Equipment

When packing ready for the festival weekend, remember to pack wisely and only bring essential items. We ask you to please take your tents and camping equipment home with you. If you leave it in the field it will most likely end up in landfill or incineration. If you want to hire a tent rather than bring your own, Kip n Go offer affordable tent hire options. Pink Moon also offer pre pitched tents.


We put together a salvage operation after the festival for organisations to collect some of the perfectly reusable camping equipment that is left behind therefore reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill or incineration.

This is an opportunity for charities and community groups to come to the festival site on the Monday and Tuesday after the show and help save what they can.  Email [email protected] for more information, quoting Download Salvage in the subject line.