Travel and safety advice given ahead of Download festival

The site as it looked last year Credit: ITV News Central

Travel and safety tips and advice has been given out ahead of the Download Festival at Donington Park later this month.

The music event takes place between Friday 13 June and Monday 16 June at the Leicestershire race track.

North West Leicestershire District Council say roads in the area will be heavily affected by the festival:

  • Around 100,000 people from across the country descend on the venue for three days of music and entertainment.

  • The main peaks in traffic will be on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 June and also during the evening of Sunday 15 and morning of Monday 16 June, once the event has finished.

  • All routes to the festival will be well signposted, but people travelling in the area should plan their journey in advance and check the latest travel conditions before they set out.

  • Local residents should take into account the one way system that may be put into place, and the extra congestion on the A453.

The council also say the festival will cause more noise than usual, but that the open-air performances and the campsite are licensed, and must comply with strict controls.

They add:

  • Noise monitoring will take place throughout the event, with a direct link between the on-stage sound booths and stations around the area in Castle Donington and Wilson.

  • If the noise gets too loud, a message is sent directly to the sound technicians to turn down the volume, or to reduce the levels of certain frequencies, like the bass. Officers have enforcement powers if noise advice is not taken on board.

  • Residents in the area are asked for their patience regarding noise over the weekend. Bands will play throughout each day from midday on Friday 13 June to around 11pm on Sunday 15 June. Noise levels will be at their highest between 9pm and 11pm on each day of the festival.

  • If any resident feels the noise has reached an unacceptable level, they can report this to the council on 01530 454789.