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Festival season is back..and so is the weather:10,000 rock fans enjoy second day of Download

Revellers partied at the second day of Download festival on Saturday after the official Covid test event kicked off with heavy downpours.  

Festival goers enjoyed were seen 'moshing' despite the weather as Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes closed on the main stage late last night, with other performances from Neck Deep, Conjurer, and the Hara.  

They are taking part in the UK's first post-Covid music festival, where masks and social distancing rules have been scrapped. It will be carefully monitored by government scientists.

The three-day camping-only weekend event kicked off on Friday at Donington Park, Derby, and gave music lovers the freedom to enjoy themselves without any Covid restrictions. 

Revellers have enjoyed their second day at Download festival where masks and social distancing rules have been scrapped for the official test event

Revellers partied at the second day of Download festival after the official Covid test event kicked off with heavy downpours on Friday

Festival goers enjoyed were seen 'moshing' as Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes closed on the main stage late last night, with other performances from Neck Deep and the Hara (pictured, Conor Marshall of Conjurer)

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes performed at the Download pilot festival - the UK's first post Covid festival - on Friday night

10,000 rock music fans were all smiles despite the downpours as they crammed into Donington Park for Download festival on Friday

Festival goers partied into the night at Download Pilot Festival in Donington Park, Derby. It is the first post-Covid festival to take place in the UK and will be monitored closely by scientists

For the music event to go ahead, festival-goers have to produce a negative PCR test before arrival and are required to test again afterwards.  

In addition, leaving the festival site in between is strongly discouraged and there are no day tickets available. 

The Download Pilot festival, arranged rapidly in about a month, will feature 40 bands over three days on two stages. 

While the event appears to be a positive step for the music industry, the numbers of people welcomed through the gates will be considerably reduced from the normal 100,000 fans by 90 per cent.

The three-day camping-only weekend event, which includes performances from Conjurer (pictured) kicked off on Friday at Donington Park, Derby, and gave music lovers the freedom to enjoy themselves without any Covid restrictions

In a return to pre-pandemic scenes, 10,000 people crammed into Donington Park for a three-day Download Festival on Friday (pictured, revellers enjoy the first night of music on Friday)

Paul Collins and Aidan Cooper of Lotus Eater were among those invited to perform at the pilot Download festival this weekend

They are taking part in the UK's first post-Covid music festival which will be carefully monitored by government scientists

For the music event to go ahead, festival-goers have to produce a negative PCR test before arrival and are required to test again afterwards

Download festival, taking place in Donington Park, Derby, this weekend, is the UK's first post-Covid festival and is a trial event that will be monitored closely by the government

Revellers were all smiles as they were welcomed back to Donington Park for the UK's first post-Covid festival - Download

The event has see social distancing rules and masks thrown out the window as 10,000 music fans were welcomed back to Donington Park on Friday

Rock music fans donned their best outfits as they enjoyed the second day of the Download festival in Donington Park, Derby

The Download Pilot festival, arranged rapidly in about a month, will feature 40 bands, including Conjurer (pictured), over three days on two stages

Festival goers have had to follow strict rules in order to attend the event and have been strongly discouraged from leaving the site before the end of the weekend 

10,000 festival goers have descended on Donington Park for the three-day pilot festival over the weekend (pictured, left performers Conjurer, right, event attendees)

Paul Collins and Aidan Cooper of Conjurer performed at the Download pilot festival on June 19, the event is the UK's first post-Covid music festival which will be carefully monitored by government scientists

Rock music fans descended on Donington Park for a the weekend where social distancing and mask have been scrapped as part of the government's test events 

Thousands of people turned up to enjoy a weekend of music as Download opened its gates to a festival free of any Covid restrictions in Donington, Derby

Hundreds of music lovers braved the wet and windy weather to still attend the event this weekend, armed with their essential possessions and beer

More than 10,000 rock fans gathered at Download with mosh pits, no social distancing and no need for masks at the first festival selected as an official test event

The thousands of festival-goers are taking part in the UK's first post-Covid music festival which will be carefully monitored by Government scientists

Away from the festival, people will be required to follow the Government's current guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing.

Signs were placed on the entrance barriers reminding visitors that they must adhere by social distancing measures before they enter. 

A group of wardens wearing face masks welcomed the lucky ticket holders, scanning their tickets and checking their test results before they entered.  

As they arrived many of the festival goers continued to wear their masks, which were required before they walked inside.   

For the music event to go ahead, festival-goers have to produce a negative PCR test before arrival and are required to test again afterwards

People hoping to leave the festival site in between is strongly discouraged and there are no day tickets available for the restriction-free event 

The Download Pilot festival was arranged rapidly in around a month and  will feature 40 bands across three days on two stages

The numbers of people welcomed through the gates will be considerably reduced from the normal 100,000 fans by 90%

Once they were given the all-clear to enter their festival bands were attached to their wrists. 

Many people carried enormous backpacks while others wheeled their possessions for the weekend along on carts, including large multipacks of beer. 

Leicestershire Police said it is not anticipating problems with the reduced numbers and has handed over duties to local officers. 

Highways England said it is ready to respond to problems on major roads but does not expect the usual traffic hold-ups. 

Lauren and Jamie Mecaloon, who have visited the festival for the past 16 years after meeting there in 2008, tied the knot at the festival on Friday

Away from the festival, people will be required to follow the Government's current guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing

As they arrived many of the festival goers continued to wear their masks, which were required before they walked inside

Despite the wet and windy weather in Derby today, the festival goers looked ready and raring to go for the rock event

Eager festival-goers, laden with bags filled with essentials for the weekend, tents and more, queued at the entrance in the rain

People were determined to not let the weather dampen their spirits as they battled the rain to find their camping spot

Festival goers flocked to the stages and crammed together at the pilot event, getting into the music

The event has no Covid restrictions imposed, including social distancing and face masks, meaning the crowds could gather close together in front of the stage

Due to the relaxation of Covid restrictions, visitors were able to join mosh pits and even crowd surf

But festival-goers have been warned to be ready for rain as heavy thundery showers have been forecast at times over the weekend. 

Rain began to fall on Wednesday, which fell short of becoming the hottest day of the year so far when a high of 29.2C (84.56F) was recorded at Heathrow, after the 29.7C (85.46F) peak felt in Teddington, Middlesex, on Monday.

Today, lows of 10C are expected in the north of Scotland, and average temperatures of around 12C for rest of the country.

The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood alerts, with flooding possible in London and surrounding areas, and Kent. 

A yellow weather warning for rain covering much of England, apart from Devon and the North West, has also been issued by the Met Office.

In one of the tents at the event, hundreds of people gathered in a crowd to watch Death Blooms perform

Hot Milk's Jim Shaw performs on the main stage on the first day of Download Festival at Donington Park

The festival revellers donned their boots and wellies to wade through the mud as the rain poured down

Many people carried enormous backpacks while others wheeled their possessions for the weekend along on carts, including large multipacks of beer

Festival-goers have been warned to be ready for rain as heavy thundery showers have been forecast at times over the weekend

Leicestershire Police said it is not anticipating problems with the reduced numbers and has handed over duties to local officers.

But the weather hasn't dampened visitors spirits. Donning waterproof clothing and shielding their possessions with plastic wrap, many of the eager visitors looked ecstatic to be back inside a festival venue. 

Jonathan Billing, 39, and Mathew Markowicz, 30, were with a group from Thornton Cleveleys, near Blackpool. 

Download Pilot: Rock bands signed up for the test event 

Jonathan said: 'It's the best feeling ever. We got here about 9.30am, pitched the tent and now we are just waiting for the music to start.' 

The pair have been to about six full Download Festivals and were really surprised an event was possible this year. 

Mathew said: 'It's awesome to be part of a group again. Taking a test was no problem and we feel really safe because no one should have Covid.'  

Promoter Andy Copping, promoter for the festival, said there is a 'real sense of euphoria' despite the rain.

'The thing is, it wouldn't be Download unless there was a bit of rain and we had to have that,' he added.

He said the festival organisers are honoured' to be among the first large-scale events to return since the start of the pandemic.

A series of big names in music are playing the event, including Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine and tonight's headline act Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. 

The event comes after a series of other pilots events run as part of the government's Events Research Programme which aims to examine the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from attendance at events and explore ways to enable people to attend a range of events safely.

In April thousands of fans returned to Wembley for the first time in more than a year the FA Cup semi-final, which saw Leicester City beat Southampton 1-0 and secure a spot in the final. 

Days before some fans were allowed to attend the World Snooker Championship at the indoor Sheffield Crucible Theatre which operated at a socially distanced capacity of about 325 for the first few days and gradually increased to full capacity.

And in May thousands of revellers returned to the dancefloor at the UK's first post-lockdown 'nightclub' rave, with a tent of scientists outside monitoring their behaviour.

Highways England said it is ready to respond to problems on major roads but does not expect the usual traffic hold-ups

The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood alerts, with flooding possible in London and surrounding areas, and Kent

A yellow weather warning for rain covering much of England, apart from Devon and the North West, has also been issued by the Met Office

Donning waterproof clothing and shielding their possessions with plastic wrap, many of the eager visitors looked ecstactic to be back inside a festival venue

Nightlife promoter Circus hosted The First Dance in Liverpool, where revellers did not have to wear face coverings or social distance for the first time since before lockdown began.

The line-up included Circus founder and DJ Yousef, Lewis Boardman and The Blessed Madonna. Fatboy Slim is among the acts due to perform on Saturday.

Ravers had to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before the event in order to release their e-ticket, and had to produce a negative result to gain entry.

They were then asked to take another test five days after the rave and submit the results.

A series of big names in music are playing the event, including Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine and tonight's headline act Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Signs were placed on the entrance barriers reminding visitors that they must adhere by social distancing measures before they enter

Once they were given the all-clear to enter their festival bands were attached to their wrists

A group of wardens wearing face masks and blue hi-vis jackets welcomed the lucky ticket holders

The wardens were seen scanning festival-goers tickets and checking their test results before they entered

The event comes after a series of other pilots events run as part of the government's Events Research Programme which aims to examine the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from attendance at events

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