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The Download Dog Blog: April 2018

Spring is here and the April edition of the Dog Blog has officially sprung. In this month’s edition of the Dog Blog we’re here to update you on why this year’s Download is set to the most accessible in our 15 year history.


We are incredibly proud to welcome for the first time British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters to Download. We’re also delighted to reveal Access viewing platforms will now be available at all stages across the festival.

The team from the Castle Donington Volunteer Centre are also returning to Download for the fifth year, to provide an almost 24-hour free shuttle service between the Disabled Access campsite and the Village. They will also be running a service between the Disabled Access Campsite and the Transport Hub

Read on to discover more about these and other new exciting access changes.

BSL Interpreters On Main and Zippo Stages

For the very first time the British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters are coming to Download on the Main Stage and Zippo Encore Stage platforms. The BSL interpreters are provided by Performance Interpreting, a unique company providing BSL Performance Interpreters to the music and entertainment industry. Performance Interpreting have said:

“Performance Interpreting is delighted to be providing a BSL Access Service at Download. An experienced team of Deaf and hearing coordinators, registered qualified interpreters and emergency 24 hour support will deliver quality access to our customers.  Performance Interpreting ensures Deaf Sign Language Users are able to come together with family and friends to enjoy and experience the world biggest rock acts.”


Disabled Access

Viewing Platforms

Access viewing platforms will now be available at all stages across the festival as well as in The DogHouse, Download’s resident party stop located in the Village, meaning great accessible vantage points for your favourite bands whether they’re on The Dogtooth Stage or Main Stage.

To give you an improved view of the The Zippo Encore Stage we have rotated the viewing platform, so you can rock out to You Me At Six, Parkway Drive, Rise Against and many more.

Disabled Access Campsite

We’ve made more improvements to the campsite to make sure you have the best camping experience possible. For those of you who are camping you will now be able to drive right up to your pitch to drop off your equipment, where a team of ready and willing helpers will on hand to unload your car.

For safety reasons cars will not be allowed to park in the campsite, but the Disabled Access car park will only be 50m from the entrance to the Disabled Access Campsite. It is in the same location as last year. We’ll also be introducing a drop-off pass along with a car park pass to make it easier for you to be dropped off at the festival.

The check-in facility is increasing in size to help make the process as comfortable and smooth as possible for you.

The wheelchair charging tent in the campsite has a capacity of over 50 charging points. There will also be secure lockers with USB charger points.
We are delighted to tell you that there we are going to increase the toilet locations by 50% in the Access Campsite.  At the main toilet location close to the campsite hub we will again install an HDU, accessible showers and toilets and an accessible sink and water point.

We hope to make this year’s camping experience in the campsite the best yet for our Access DL’ers.

Download Campers

Download App

The Access Guide will be available to view in the official Download Festival app. You can also receive the latest Access news and updates via the app.

If you prefer to have something physical to read, fear not as a print-at-home version will be available as well as a limited supply of hard copies in the campsite hub.

For further information about the Access at Download or to confirm your Access requirements visit our Info page.

There’s only 50 DAYS to go until #DL2018. Grab your day and weekend tickets for the most rocking family reunion this year! \m/