Download Festival 2023: Date of Donington Park festival, can I get tickets - and when is lineup announced?

The 2023 festival is set to be bigger and better than ever

The 2022 edition of Download Festival is still strong in the memory of most fans who were in attendance.

Thousands descended on Castle Donington for the three day festival, with many fans camping out for the five nights.

Thoughts have now turned to the 2023 festival, and tickets are already back on sale for what is set to be a special event.

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    Here’s what we know so far about the 2023 festival, including how you can get tickets and when we might start to see line-up announcements.

    When is Download Festival 2023?

    Iron Maiden headlined on the Main Stage of Download 2022

    Download Festival 2023 is due to take place between 8 and 11 June 2023 at Castle Donington in Derby.

    Excitingly, this is one day longer than previous years…

    Why is the 2023 festival going to be longer?

    Following the 2022 festival, organisers announced that the 2023 festival was going to be bigger than ever before.

    A fourth day of music has been added to the schedule, meaning that acts will be performing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    The special four day festival is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Download Festival.

    Who performed at the 2022 festival?

    The three main stage headliners of Download 2022 were KISS (Friday), Iron Maiden (Saturday) and Biffy Clyro (Sunday)

    Other stand out names were Korn, Shinedown, Megadeth, Deftones, A Day To Remember and Skindred.

    Are tickets on sale?

    Tickets for the 2023 instalment of Download Festival are on sale now, with four and five day camping options available.

    Earlybird five day camping tickets are £268 for adults and £119.40 for children.

    Earlybird tickets for four days and camping are £260 for adults and £144 for children.

    Day tickets will become available in due course. To purchase camping tickets or weekend arena tickets, visit the official Download website where you will be redirected to official ticketing partners of the festival, including Ticketmaster.

    When is the line-up announced?

    Historically, most of the line-ups to Download are announced in the autumn or winter of the year before the festival is due to take place.

    This may be the same, or could differ with this being the festival’s 20th anniversary.

    For the latest information, keep up to date on the official Download Festival Twitter page.

    How can I get there from Birmingham?

    With the festival taking place in the same location, it is possible to start planning how you will get to the arena.

    It is located within a reasonable distance to Birmingham, meaning a straight forward journey for fans looking to make the trip next year.


    Shuttle bus services will operate from East Midlands Parkway and Derby train stations to the festival grounds.

    Direct trains operate from Birmingham New Street to Derby with a journey time of between 35 and 45 minutes.


    Whether you are coming from the north, south, east or west, the festival recommends you follow road signs to Download, from the M1 motorway or from the A38 or A42.

    Routes for vehicles arriving on-site will be used flexibly, depending on traffic conditions at the time.

    Do not use your sat nav, or assume the route you have taken in previous years is correct, as this information might not be correct – and your journey time may take longer. Always follow the road signs where possible.