This summer's Download music festival will take place after all, despite having been called off in March.

The three-day event is being resurrected in June as a government test event to examine how Covid-19 transmission takes place in crowds.

The capacity will be significantly reduced - down from 111,000 to just 10,000 - but organizers say "moshing will be allowed".


It comes after a number of smaller-scale test events.

Just 15 cases of Covid-19 emerged among 58,000 people who took part in events ranging from the Brit Awards to the FA Cup final.

According to figures reported in the Evening Standard:

  • There were just four cases of Covid across the entire 17 days of the World Snooker Championships
  • No cases emerged from the Brit Awards, even though the audience could mingle without masks
  • There were only two cases among 5,900 pop-lovers at an outdoor music festival in Liverpool, and none at the reduced-capacity football at Wembley Stadium
  • Nine cases were found among 6,000 revellers who packed into a nightclub in Liverpool over two days without masks

Government sources told BBC health editor Hugh Pym that the figures - which reflect initial results - were correct.

But the exercise is not complete and other events are being monitored, with a final report due soon.