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Download 2021 Dates

Download Festival 2021 will take place between 4th– 6th June 2021.

2021 Opening Times

campsites / CamperVAN FIELD

Our campsites and campervan field will open at 12pm on Wednesday 2nd June (for 5 Day Weekend Camping Ticket holders), and close at 12pm on Monday 7th June.

The Arena

We aim to open the Main Arena at the during the following times:

  • Friday – 12.00pm
  • Saturday – 10.00am
  • Sunday – 10.00am

However, please note that these times are approximate and subject to health and safety checks each day, prior to opening.

Box Office

Our Box Office on-site at Download Festival will be open during the following times:

  • Wednesday 8am – Midnight
  • Thursday 8am – Midnight
  • Friday 8am – Midnight
  • Saturday 8am – 9pm*
  • Sunday 8am – 9pm*
  • Monday – CLOSED

Again, Box Office times are subject to change. * indicates estimate times – on these days the box office will close 30mins after the headliner starts.

Weekend Camping Tickets

Those wishing to get the full Download experience by camping at the festival, can choose between 3 or 5 Night Camping Tickets. Each ticket providing access to the campsites, Village and Main Arena (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Depending on which ticket type you choose, you will be able to access the campsites from the following times:

  • 5 Night Camping: from 12pm on Wednesday 2nd June until 12pm on Monday 7th June 2021
  • 3 Night Camping: from 10am on Friday 4th June until 12pm on Monday 7th June 2021

You can choose to camp in our main campsites (see festival map, when available), or to stay in our Quiet Camping area – which has a midnight noise curfew – or Eco-Camp.

Non-Camping Tickets

If you don’t wish to camp, Weekend Arena Only tickets are also available, giving you access to the Main Arena (only) on all show days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This ticket type does not grant access to the campsites or campsite Village, but does give access to all stages, food / drink stalls, and non-music activities located within the Main Arena.

Individual Day Tickets will also be available nearer to the event.

Instalment Plans

Instalment Plan options are available for all Weekend Ticket types, allowing you to split the cost of your ticket into three easy payments.

To take advantage of our Instalment Plans, head to our ticket page and select  the instalment plan option for the ticket type you wish to choose, i.e. ‘5 Nights Standard Camping (Instalment Plan)’. You will then see a breakdown of payments, and payment dates.

Please note: there is a £5 non-refundable payment plan fee on all payment plan bookings. Use of the payment plan is subject to ticket and upsells availability.

Instalment Plan T&Cs

Day Ticket Instalment Plan T&Cs

Volunteer with Hotbox

Want to gain valuable experience on your CV, whilst helping us continue to make Download one of the best music festivals in the world?

Volunteer with Hotbox Events and not only will you be helping other festival goers get the most out of their weekend but you’ll also get to go behind the scenes, meet other volunteers from around the world, and make new friends.

When joining as a volunteer at Download you’ll be provided with entry to the festival (including lots of free time to also enjoy it), plus access to staff camping, cafes, toilets and showers.

Volunteers assist with a wide variety of areas, and it’s tricky to list everything they get up to, but some of the most common roles include…

  • Assisting Download Festival goers with directions.
  • Helping Download Festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents.
  • Answering questions about Download Festival performances and line-ups.
  • Reporting any problems such as a build-up of litter or faulty facilities.
  • Work alongside Download Festival Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams.
  • Keeping an eye on the Download Festival campsites from the fire towers.
  • Helping out with various roles across the Download Festival site including pedestrian and vehicle gates, wristband exchanges, keeping an eye on facilities, monitoring stages and walkways.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at Download, you can drop the team an email at [email protected]

Where is Download?

Download Festival takes place at the hallowed grounds of rock, Donington Park, next to East Midlands Airport.

Taking place where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet, Download Festival has excellent connections by road, rail, bus and plane.

Age Restrictions / Child Tickets

Children under 5 year old (ages 0-4 years) are allowed at Download Festival for free, and do not require a child ticket, but must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

5-12 years olds must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult and each child will require a Child Ticket.

13-15 must purchase an adult ticket and also be accompanied by a parent / guardian over 18.

Please note:

  • Download Festival will contain acts unsuitable for children
  • Parents may be asked to provide ID with proof of age if the child appears to be over 12 but holding a Child Ticket.
  • Those aged 16 or over 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

At times you may be required to show a valid form of ID whilst at Download; where we also operate a Challenge 21 Policy on-site at our bars and cigarette stalls. We accept the following types of ID:

  • A Passport (Not a photocopy)
  • Full Driving Licence or Provisional 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


Medical Services

There are first aid and welfare tent facilities available throughout the duration of the festival. Please see our help map for locations.

For information on medical services at Download and what to do in an emergency please see here.