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Download Festival 2018 - public information

The Download Festival 2018 is to be held on the south fields at the Donington Race Circuit, Castle Donington.

The musical performance times for the three-day open-air Concert are from 1pm hours to 11pm hours on Friday 8 June 2018 to Sunday 10 June 2018.

Camping facilities are to be provided and these will be available from mid-day on Wednesday 6 June 2018 to mid-day on Monday 11 June 2018.

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 7 June there will be a sound propagation test. The Council will be in attendance and this is anticipated to take place between 3pm – 6.30pm. *Technical difficulties mean this test has been delayed until 10am to noon on Friday 8 June*

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 7am to 2pm on Wednesday 6 June, 8am to 3pm on Friday 8 and late morning Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June.

The highest volume of traffic coming away from the festival will be between 10pm and 1am on Saturday/Sunday and Sunday/Monday and 9am to 1pm on Monday 11.  

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

Temporary speed limits and clearways / no waiting are in operation throughout the period Wednesday 6 to Monday 11 June.

There is no right turn from Hilltop coming south from Castle Donington Village onto the A453 west 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 be banned.

More detail can be found on the event organiser website at

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 by email on:

Published: Fri 8 June, 2018

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