The rock and metal event should take place from 4 until 6 June take place under the headings of Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System of a Nieder

Ticket holders have been advised that they can keep their seats for the next year or receive a refund

The event should take place a few weeks before the government’s target date of Jan. Starting June to lift all legal restrictions on social contact

Last year the festival was canceled due to the pandemic Anniversary of its original incarnation, Monsters of Rock

Instead, fans were encouraged to pitch tents in their gardens and share pictures while watching archive interviews and performances

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In a statement, organizers said the decision to cancel this year’s event was made “after the government announced the timetable and despite the extraordinary efforts of the NHS to introduce the vaccine.”

They said the festival will “return stronger than ever” in 2022, with Biffy Clyro, Iron Maiden and Kiss already confirmed as headliners

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson said the band is delighted to be invited back for next year

“Like everyone else, we were all very disappointed when the global pandemic forced the cancellation of Download 2020, which would have been Maiden’s seventh headliner here,” he said

“As most people know, this festival is a sacred place for us and the vocal support and enthusiasm from our fans is always phenomenal and very much appreciated

“We can’t wait to see everyone again and are determined to make the show a hell of a party and the biggest homecoming ever”

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The effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt across the live music industry

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) warned that independent festivals could be canceled if they do not receive government-guaranteed insurance and VAT intervention by the end of March

Its Chief Operating Officer, Paul Reed, said: “The Prime Minister has set a timetable and date for festivals and the audience has responded showing a huge appetite to be back in the fields this summer”

“But we need government intervention on insurance and VAT before the end of this month when festivals have to decide if they can provide serious amounts of up-front capital

“Now that we have a” no earlier than “date, insurance is the last remaining barrier to planning”

In January, Glastonbury confirmed it wouldn’t return until 2022, though some other festivals say they hope to host events later in the year

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