Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine to headline Download Festival’s Pilot event

The reduced-capacity three-day festival will happen next month.

Enter Shikari

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Download Festival’s Pilot event, a 10,000-capacity festival that required attendees to test negative for COVID-19 before entry, has announced its lineup. Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine will headline on each respective day, with other attending artists including Conjurer, Loathe, Neck Deep and Massive Wagons.

Download booker Andy Copping said in a statement: “We’re incredibly excited to safely welcome back fans to Donington Park and honoured to play a vital part in the return of live music to the UK. Putting together a line-up of 40 outstanding bands including headliners like Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine, is something the Download brand is uniquely able to do and made possible by a thriving UK rock scene and deep pool of in-demand talent. With moshing back on the cards, this is going to be a true celebration of festival spirit and something special to be a part of.”

The full lineup of the festival can be seen below. Due to current travel restrictions, almost every band on the lineup is UK based.

Download Pilot Festival
Image: Download Festival via Twitter

Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari added in a statement: “After 18 months trapped inside, we cannot wait to be back in our favourite element; playing music beneath an open sky. Its also fitting, as we have a long history with Download… 2021 being the 15th anniversary of our first time there – which also happened to be our first ever festival show! We’re incredibly proud to be headlining an event that helps to get live music back on its feet in the UK”.

Masks and social distancing will not be required at the festival. The nature of the event requires that attendees are above the age of 16, along with a number of other criteria. Attendees will also need to read and agree to a consent document first to ensure they understand the research process and meet the required criteria before they can buy a ticket.

Entry is £120. Download Festival 2022 ticketholders will be able to purchase a ticket starting from Tuesday 1 June, with general sale starting Thursday 3 June. Find out more here.

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