It’s been announced that the 2021 edition of Download Festival has been delayed by a year.
The festival is one of the biggest in the UK. This is the second delay that’s hit the festival, following the 2020 edition’s postponement thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was slated to take place in June 2021, but has now been pushed back to 10-12 June 2022.
The delay means that the headliners have once again changed. Iron Maiden, System Of A Down and Kiss were meant to headline the original 2020 edition. Biffy Clyro replaced Iron Maiden on the planned 2021 bill, but now for 2022, Iron Maiden return to replace System Of A Down. This means the three headliners for next year are Kiss, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro. Organisers have not provided an updated lineup beyond the headliners.
The full statement about the delay is below.
We’re sorry to announce that Download 2021 will no longer be taking place. Please read the full statement below.
— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) March 1, 2021
This year’s Glastonbury Festival has also been cancelled. Glastonbury and Download are the UK’s two largest summer festivals, by attendance, which is undoubtedly a factor in their delays for the second year running. The next largest, Reading And Leeds, are still set to go ahead in August 2021.
For more music news, click here.