Download Festival cancelled until 2021 over coronavirus fears

Download Festival has become the latest major music event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival was due to take place at Castle Donington from June 12 until June 14 with Iron Maiden, Kiss and System Of A Down set to headline.

A statement from organisers reads: “Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year. We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and it’s become clear that it just isn’t possible for the 2020 festival to go ahead.

“This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and we’re beyond disappointed. We extend our heartfelt apologies to all of you – we really did try to make this work.

“Please rest assured we will be back next year.

"Now, more than ever, we need the Download spirit to thrive and offer support to those that need it most.

"We’ll do our best to put together an amazing lineup for you in 2021 and can’t wait to see you all then. Thank you, as ever, for your continued support.”

Organisers say they are working with their ticket partners regarding refunds, and report that they’ll be in touch with fans to update them on the situation.

Fans can also hang on to their tickets and carry them over to Download 2021.

Iron Maiden, Kiss and System Of A Down were due to be joined on the bill by other artists including Skillet, Of Mice & Men, Disturbed and Funeral For A Friend.

The news comes shortly after organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival announced the annual event has also been scrapped this year.

The event was also due to take place between in June with Lewis Capaldi, Natasha Bedingfield, Lionel Richie, Primal Scream and Snow Patrol set to take to the stage alongside Chemical Brothers, Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Duran Duran, Black Eyed Peas and Razorlight.

"A statement from organisers read: The Isle of Wight Festival will no longer be taking place this year.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and we have tried out hardest to make it work, but it was unavoidable given the current status.

"The whole team was excited to welcome everyone to the island for another fantastic festival and we extend our sincere apologies to everyone who was looking forward to it as much as we were."

The axed events come after Glastonbury announced the festival will not be going ahead this year.

The iconic festival was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in June but organisers have confirmed that they will no mark the milestone next year.

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