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Download Festival Announces Virtual “Download TV” Event

Scheduled for 12-14 June, “Download TV” will offer unseen performances, interviews and interactive content.

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Although this year’s Download Festival was cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, rock fans can still get excited for a weekend filled with never-before-seen performances, interviews and more from their favourite artists. Earlier today, festival organisers announced Download TV, which will stream live across Download’s social media platforms throughout the weekend of 12-14 June, when the physical festival would have occurred.

The virtual festival will consist of three daily shows, featuring plenty of music, interviews, previously unreleased performances, interactive content, and much more. While the line-up has not yet been announced, organisers shared on their website that they will be showcasing many of the incredible acts that had been scheduled for 2020.

Download, the UK’s biggest rock festival, boasted an impressive line-up this year at Donington Park, including such legendary acts as KISS, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down Korn, The Offspring, Deftones and Disturbed. This particular appearance by KISS was scheduled to be their final show in the UK – a stop on their extensive, worldwide “End Of The Road” tour.

In a statement on their website, festival organisers wrote, “Now, of course we didn’t want to miss out on the biggest weekend in rock. That’s why we’re bringing a virtual festival direct to your living rooms, for one weekend only! So pitch your tent, erect your flags, put up your horns and get ready to mosh (at a socially responsible distance, of course)!”

They went on to add that, “Download Festival would like to remind everyone to stay safe, stay home and save lives – practice safe social distancing and only host Download TV tent parties within your own household groups, do not encourage group gatherings.”

Download Festival has also been doing their part to help where they can during the pandemic. Most recently, they released a limited-edition t-shirt on their online store. All proceeds from the sale of the shirt will go to NHS Charities Together, which is helping to support the tireless NHS doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.

For more information on Download TV, visit their official website.

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