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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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Where is Download?

Download happens on the sacred site that is Donington Park, next to East Midlands Airport. Donington Park lies where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet – the ley lines of ROCK!

Download has excellent connections by road, rail, bus and plane.

Download 2018 Dates

Download Festival will take place from 8th – 10th June 2018.

5 Night Camping and 5 Night Quiet Camping Tickets give you access to campsites from 12pm on Wednesday 6th June until 12pm on Monday 11th June 2018 and access to the Arena on all show days.

3 Night Camping and 3 Night Quiet Camping Tickets give you access to campsites from 10am on Friday 8th June until 12pm on Monday 11th June 2018 and access to the Arena on all show days.

Weekend Arena Tickets only gives you access to the Arena on all show days (Fri/Sat/Sun).


Stay in the know with EVERYTHING Download 2018 related with our brand spanking new app – bringing you automatic notifications of announcements, camping info and more!


To find out everything you need to know about disabled access at Download 2018, click here.


You can gain entrance to this summer’s Download Festival by volunteering with us!

Our volunteers will be playing a big part in creating the amazing atmosphere at Download Festival by helping the festival goers to get the most out of their festival; by joining the team as a volunteer you can help us to continue making Download one of the best festivals in the world!

When volunteering at Download you’ll get entry to the festival, lots of spare time to enjoy the music, make new friends whilst volunteering, gain experience, contacts, and a reference for your CV, get access to staff camping, cafe, toilets and showers, and most importantly have an amazing time you’ll never forget!

Our volunteers get involved with all sorts at Download, including:

  • Providing information including directions, facilities, and performances, to ensure the festival goers have the best weekend possible.
  • Working in the festival’s campsites, arenas, on gates, fire towers, and wristband exchanges.
  • Being proactive and alert to any potential problems e.g. a build-up of litter or faulty facilities.
  • Promoting crime awareness and crime prevention to the public.
  • Helping festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents.
  • Working with onsite teams to ensure medical, fire and security issues are dealt with promptly and safely.
  • Helping to prevent overcrowding and on hand to monitor crowd safety.
  • Assisting the public to create an environment where they feel safe.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at Download, head over to Hotbox Events

Download Festival Loyalty Scheme FAQs

Some of the rules have changed since last year, so please give these extensive FAQs a read before making your application and always refer back to it if you’re unsure what happens next.

Got a question about our Loyalty Scheme? Find our frequently asked questions below.

What is the Download Festival 2018 Loyalty Scheme and how does it work? ​

Year after year Download is an unforgettable experience, and we couldn’t do it without you, the fans. As a thank you and to honour the incredible Download family (the most loyal of all festival fans), we introduced a scheme that rewards your loyalty.

If you’ve been to Download once and are coming back for the whole weekend in 2018, you’ll be able to apply for a £20 voucher. Two weekend visits will get you a £30 voucher, 3 years qualify for a £40 voucher, and 4 times and more will get you a £50 voucher. See our helpful grid below:

1 + 2018 = £20

2 + 2018= £30

3 + 2018 = £40

4 + 2018 = £50

The form to apply is live now, here.

Important dates:

Applications open 00:01 on 19th Feb 2018.

Applications close 23:59 on 31st March 2018.

Decisions communicated via email on 16th April 2018.

No more Loyalty enquiries will be accepted after 1st May 2018. All decisions are final.


No, all successful applicants from last year will be automatically enrolled in this year’s Loyalty Scheme. Look out for our email with instructions.

If you had issues last year and haven’t received an email, please email [email protected].

Can I use my Download 2018 ticket in this scheme?

Yes. If you haven’t yet, get your 2018 weekend tickets here.

Who is eligible to apply?

We accept applicants who went to Download for the full weekend. Unfortunately no day tickets will be honoured.

For example, if you’ve been to Download 4 times, from which one of the years was a day visit, you’ll only be able to apply for a £30 voucher as your day ticket won’t be accepted.

Can my teenage child also apply?

Our ticket prices are based on age tiers. We only accept Loyalty applications made for Full Priced Adult Weekend Tickets (13 years old and above). Please refer to our Ticket Terms and Conditions.

can carers and pas apply?

We only accept applications made by fully paying Adult Weekend (aged 13+) customers (3 or 5 days).


My tickets to Download were a gift. Can I still apply for Loyalty vouchers?

Yes. If your tickets were a gift, you’ll need to provide main booker’s account information on your application. Please check that the main booker is satisfied with you providing this information.

I can’t find the necessary reference numbers, or don’t have them anymore. What do I do next?

You’ll need to contact the ticket agent you booked your tickets with as we do not have access to their systems. If you bought your tickets in the box office onsite, or in a ticket shop, please drop us an email on [email protected] and we’ll advise you further.

For what period of time can I make my application?

Due to data privacy laws we, and ticket agents we work with, are only allowed keep customer information for up to 7 [seven] years. Please don’t make any claims for 2011 and previous years.

We booked our tickets as a group of 6. Will each of us be able to receive a voucher?

Yes. Every person needs to apply separately providing the main booker’s account information outlined on the form, but the email address you use always has to be yours. The same applies for applications made with a friend/partner/family member. We need this information to confirm authenticity of your application. Unfortunately we won’t be able to process any joint group bookings and applications made for more than 6 people.

My email address has been used and I’m unable to submit my application.

In the event your email address has been used, try searching for a confirmation email in your inbox. Our confirmation emails include a copy of details entered in the application and will help determine whether someone else used it by mistake.

If you can’t locate the confirmation email, please get in touch with us at [email protected] from that email address with ‘Download Loyalty Scheme – email address error’ as a subject line.

I submitted my application but haven’t received the confirmation email.

Please check your Junk/Spam folders and give it a couple of days to arrive. Your inbox might be full or your email host’s spam filters are taking longer to decide whether to pass it to your inbox. If you’re still waiting after seven working days for the confirmation email to arrive, send an email to [email protected] with ‘Download Loyalty Scheme – missing confirmation’ as a subject line.

I made a mistake on my application. Can you change it for me?

Unfortunately we are unable to amend any personal information on the form or add any information to your submission.

If you’ve forgotten to tick a box or chose the wrong option – we can amend that for you.

If you’ve made a mistake – we can cancel your application.

Please email us on [email protected] specifying the issue and action that needs taking.

I received a barcode through to my inbox. What do I do next?

Simply show this barcode at the festival; either on your smart phone, tablet or printed out. Make sure you bring photo ID with you to claim your voucher.

I don’t have a printer. Can you scan my barcode on my phone?

Yes, we can scan your barcode straight from your phone. Make sure it is charged!

What types of ID will you accept?

We will accept the following ID: EU Passport (photocopies are accepted), Full or provisional photo card driving licence issued by the DVLA (any photo card driving licences issued between 1998 and 2007 will need a second from of ID), Citizen Card, Validate_UK, Valid UK card bearing PASS hologram, PASS card, Military ID.

What if my name has changed?

In the event your name has changed, please state that on page 1 of your application and provide us with your previous name. Your current name has to match the name on your ID for onsite collection.

Can someone I know collect my vouchers for?

We need to check your ID against your barcode in order to issue your vouchers, grab a drink and join the line!

Where and when can I collect my £20/£30/£40/£50 vouchers?

You can collect your vouchers at the Download Loyalty Collection – close to the main gate. The collection point will be open as soon as the Arena opens until 7pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival. They will cease being accepted as tender when the Arena closes on Sunday evening.

What can I use my vouchers for?

You can use your vouchers on Official Download merchandise stands in the Arena, selected food vendors in the Arena and selected Bars and Stands serving alcohol in the Arena. No change is given, vouchers are in multiples of £5. E.g. If an item is £9 and you have £10 to spend, you’ll lose the £1 difference, it will not be given in change. OR, if the item is £6 you’ll need to top up by £1 if you have say, one £5 voucher to use. The £2 cup deposit scheme is not included and you must pay for this with cash.

I’m not coming to Download 2018 anymore. Can I give my voucher to a friend?

Vouchers are non-transferrable and must be claimed by the individual who applied for them.

What if I have unspent vouchers from Download 2017? Can I use them this year?

As stated in our Voucher Terms and Conditions, those vouchers are non-transferable and expired as tender when the Arena closed on Sunday evening 11 June 2017.

What if I don’t spend all my vouchers at Download 2018. Can I use them at Download 2019?

No, they do not roll over each year. Stay tuned for info on the next Loyalty Scheme.

View the Loyalty Scheme voucher T&Cs here.

View the 2018 Loyalty Scheme T&Cs here.

Loyalty Scheme 2018 T&Cs

These Terms and conditions (T&Cs) incorporate, and should be read together with Download Loyalty FAQs, Voucher T&Cs, any Vendor’s T&Cs or festival regulations, which you can obtain from the Festival website.

a)      New applications have to be made through our form [hyperlink] in full and in the timeline specified in Our FAQs.

b)      Returning Download Loyalty customers who were successful and redeemed their vouchers onsite should not need to take any action. An email was sent to everyone on Tuesday 20 February 2018 specifying the route of action. If you have not received that email and would like to claim this year, it is your responsibility to get in touch with us.

c)      We only accept fully paying customers who can provide proof of purchase/order outlined in the application form (including reference numbers, booker information and years attended).

d)      We will only accept applications made for full weekend tickets between 2012 and 2018.

e)      All applicants need to adhere to our timeline for making applications and any queries made to Our inbox. These can be found in Our FAQs.

f)       All applications need to be made individually.

g)      We accept child applications providing they are 13 years old and above.

Age restrictions and children’s tickets

Children under 5 (Aged 4 or below) are not permitted at Download 2018. Child Tickets (5-12 years old) can be purchased with at least one adult ticket. Teenagers aged 13-15 years must have an adult ticket. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 years or over.

If you are 16 or over you can attend alone.

We do not accept any parental or supervisory duty of care or liability for any under 18’s on site.

Valid ID

A valid form of ID may be needed throughout the event.  We have a Challenge 21 Policy on site and the following are accepted as ID on site for the bars and cigarettes:

  • A Passport (Not a photocopy)
  •  Driving Licence
  • A Proof of Age Card bearing a PASS hologram
  • A Ministry of Defence identity card
  • A National identity card issued by an EU member state


Terms and Conditions

Please ensure you have read and agree to our terms and conditions before purchasing your tickets.

Loyalty Scheme terms and conditions can be viewed, here.