Council recommends that Download Festival tightens some licensing measures

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Download Festival did not breach noise and traffic licence conditions, an investigation has concluded.

An investigation into the impact of the 2023 Download Festival was carried out by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) following more than 200 complaints about noise and traffic chaos.

NWLDC has reviewed all conditions on the festival’s licence and found the festival did not breach traffic management or noise control measures, the cause of the majority of complaints. One minor condition breach was identified relating to access to toilet facilities off-site for people on High Street, Castle Donington.

Officers have now recommended to the licence holder that some conditions are tightened, including those around community consultation and traffic management plans. These would reduce the impact the festival, and other events hosted at the race track, have on nearby roads and communities.

An events licence has been in place at Donington Park since 2005, allowing the site to host several events, including Download Festival.

Councillor Richard Blunt, leader of NWLDC, said: “We’re very proud of the international reputation of Donington Park as a race circuit and venue, and welcome the annual pilgrimage of rock and metal fans to the Download Festival, but know events of this size impact our local communities.

“Following concerns raised this year we have worked with partner agencies including Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire County Council and National Highways to ensure the conditions of the licence were met, and to understand if there are ways to reduce disruption.

“Given the age of the licence we have suggested the event organiser and licence holder look to change some of the conditions to prevent the scenes and complaints we received this year.”

Andy Copping, executive president of UK touring, Live Nation, said: “Download Festival has committed to a full review and overhaul of operations with a brand-new production team to not only meet these conditions, but to exceed them and elevate the event experience for attendees, local businesses and the local community.”