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Public information for Download Festival

Download Festival 2017 will take place at Donington Race Circuit, Castle Donington this weekend.

The musical performance times for the three-day open-air concert are from 1pm to 11pm from Friday 9 June 2016 to Sunday 11 June.

Camping facilities are to be provided and these will be available from midday on Wednesday 7 June to midday on Monday 12 June.

Both the open-air musical performances and the campsite are subject to a licence issued by the district council and numerous controls have been duly imposed. The council will be undertaking monitoring during the event to ensure licence conditions are complied with.

Noise Control

On Thursday 8 June there will be a sound propagation test. The council will be in attendance and this is anticipated to take place between 3pm to 6.30pm.

The district council will be monitoring noise levels throughout the event as in previous years with fixed monitoring equipment located in nearby villages. In addition roaming noise levels will be taken by an officer with a hand held device.

Should any resident consider the noise levels to be unacceptable they are asked to contact the council on 01530 454789. Resident concerns will be logged and communicated to the event organiser and during the event in order to take any steps to minimise disturbance.

Traffic Information

Peak Times

Despite a comprehensive traffic management plan being agreed unfortunately due to the sheer number of people attending the event, disruption to the road network is inevitable at certain times. The peaks for arrivals are expected to be between 7am to 2pm on Wednesday 7June and between 8am and 3pm on Friday. The highest volume of traffic coming away from the festival will be between 10pm and 1am on Sunday night and 9am to 1pm on the morning of Monday 12 June.  

Routes to Avoid

At peak times on Wednesday and Friday we would advise avoiding the contraflow area between J24 and J23A of the M1 in both directions and the A453 westbound.

During the peak exit time on Monday 12 June we would advise avoiding the area around J23A of the M1 where possible.

Temporary Diversions

The new traffic management plan developed for Download Festival due to the roadworks between Finger Farm services and J24 of the M1 will mean public routes to the festival will change live depending on conditions at the time.

There is no right turn from Hilltop coming down from Castle Donington village onto the A453 travelling westbound towards Melbourne throughout the festival. There is no right turn from the Main Airport entrance onto the A453 travelling westbound throughout the festival.

On Sunday night a one way system will be in place for a few hours from 9pm travelling west to east from Park Farm hotel on Melbourne Lane, south on the A453. Alternative routes will be signed. As part of this system, right turns in and out of Grimes Gate and Lady Grimes will not be permitted.

Our civil enforcement staff will be out patrolling to ensure that the parking and no waiting restrictions are adhered to.

More information

Residents can contact the event organiser directly at

The event organiser will be publishing a map on their website that will show the live routings and traffic information on the day which may be useful.

Residents can also contact free phone number 0333 003 5931. From Wednesday 7 June at midday, until Monday 12 June at midday, the line will be open 24 hours a day.

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