Download Festival organizers have confirmed that Download 2009 will take place on 12, 13, 14 June 2009. This announcement came as Download fans met with Live Nation to discuss making next year’s festival even better than ever.
Most importantly, it was also confirmed that the event will stay at Donington, the home of Download since it began in 2003. However due to site development at Donington Park for the Formula One racing event, changes will need to be made for Download 2009’s site layout. The specific reason for arranging a fan forum early was to get the input of the fans on the design of the new site for 2009. Attendees were encouraged to make suggestions for the layout by using maps, pens and diagrams to illustrate the alterations that could be made.
Over all, the Download fan forums have become an integral part of the development of Download festival, and last year’s resulted in numerous suggestions across the whole spectrum of Download facilities and activity. Disabled camping in 2008 was a major success with organisers receiving letters of thanks from disabled customers congratulating them on the improvements.
For the first time Download 2008 had 'numbered’ security which allowed festival goers to easily identify individual security personnel from over sized numbers on tabards and there were many cases of fans thanking specific security team members who had been particularly helpful or supportive. However, one lesson was learned: not to have numbers 666, 007 or 118 as too many people wanted to be photographed with them!
As well as a significant improvement in security, an X-Ray machine was installed in the on site field hospital specifically for the festival. This had the effect of saving 55 people a trip to the hospital and missing the festival that they paid for – which in turn, saved the local hospital from having to deal with 55 cases.
With regards to the line up – fans admitted that having an eclectic bill was preferable and that there was a brilliant response to bands that may have been doubted at first, specifically Pendulum. Fans also suggested that the DJ slots worked really well and that more bands should be given guest slots.
Thanks to the dedicated Download Festival fans, who make the Download community one of the most dedicated rock communities in the UK - For a second year running Download Festival was awarded the 'Best Music Community' at the BT Digital Music Awards. This is a true testament to the enduring appeal of the festival and it’s vibrant community.
Finally when asked whether there would ever be a time that Download wouldn’t happen, John Probyn made it clear that,
'Download will continue for as long as people still want to buy tickets for it!!'
DERBYSHIRE...FUCK YEAH, COMING AGAIN TO ROCK THE FUCK OUT IN SOME TRASHCANS
DERBYSHIRE...FUCK YEAH, LORD OF THE RINGS MAY SHOOT ANOTHERFUCKINSEQUEL THERE
LONG HAIR FOOLS YOUR GAME IS THROUGH
NO HEADLINERS HERE TO ROCK OUT TOO