Source: Download Festival 2017 Event News

DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT LEAVING THE HOUSE FOR DONINGTON BEFORE YOU’VE READ ALL THIS.

It’s nearly time for the biggest and best rock weekender of the year, and Download HQ is buzzing. The site’s starting to take shape, the official Dogtooth beer has arrived and is delightfully refreshing, and Download Dog’s been sent out to stock up on snacks for next weekend. He better not come back with bones this time, though.

To help you prepare for #DL2017, we’ve compiled all the essential info into one place.

Here’s what you need to know…

THE OBVIOUS: DON’T FORGET YOUR TICKET!

Your ticket will either be sent out to you, or you’ve chosen to print it out at home. Haven’t received yours yet? Head to My Ticketmaster to find out where it is. Still not purchased your ticket? You better get it into your online cart now.

DOWNLOAD THE APP

Got a smartphone? Download our official app and your weekend will improve by approximately 143%. It’s stuffed full of info, a zoomable version of the sitemap and so much more good stuff. If you’re looking for set times, they’ll be in there soon too, the list of reasons to download it just keeps on growing. Best part? It’s totally, 100% free. You can grab it now on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

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STUFF YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO BRING

Your ticket

Turning up to a festival and realising you’ve left your ticket on the kitchen counter is not the one.

Weather-appropriate clothing

We all know the weather has a mind of its own, so bring some warm clothing, wellies and a raincoat. Just in case.

Sunscreen

…because it could go both ways! And no one wants a face like a beetroot at the end of the day.

Tent / camping gear

If you’re camping, that is. Is that obvious? It seems obvious.

Identification

If you’re lucky enough to look under 25, bring your passport or driving license with you. You’ll need it if you want to buy alcohol. If you look under 16, you’ll need ID to get on site.

Bin bags

Every camper’s favourite thing. Useful for carrying stuff, putting rubbish in, and wearing if you forgot a raincoat.

Wetwipes

Every camper’s second favourite thing.

STUFF YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T BRING

ANY glass containers

Weapons

Drugs

Valuable items

What you can’t bring into the campsite and arena

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GETTING TO DONINGTON

This year sees a new route if you’re travelling to the festival site from the north and three new routes from the south available to be used flexibly. It’s really important that you follow our signage and not your sat nav.

Check back here and in our info travel section nearer the festival for our brand new map that will update live and show your best possible routes to the festival site from all direction, as well as live information on any road closures.

 

Don’t fancy driving up? Our official coach partners Big Green Coach can get you there easily, or if you’re coming by train / plane, there’s more info at this link.

OPENING TIMES

Not sure when to arrive? This should help:

Car Park

Opens: Wednesday 7th June – 7am

Closes: Monday 12th June when the last car leaves

Main Arena

Friday 9th June – 12pm (midday)

Saturday 10th June – 10am

Sunday 11th June – 10am

The music will start an hour after doors open and end at approximately 10pm each day, straight after the day’s headliner performs. After that, you’ll have to exit the arena.

Campsites

Open: Wednesday 7th June @ 12pm (midday) – available for 5 day campers

Close: Monday 13th June

KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH ALL THINGS DOWNLOAD

There’s a lot going on at #DL2017, and no doubt a few surprises in store, too. Stay in the loop with downloadfestival.co.uk, our official app or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the very latest from the site.

LAST BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST… 

We want every single one of the Download family to enjoy the festival from the moment you arrive, right up until you head home when it’s all over. This year. we have more staff and security experts than ever to ensure you’re kept safe. For any concerns, please review our Personal Safety section and if you have any major concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Got all that? Great. Now go on – get packing!

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