Download announces more New Media attractions
John Bownas - 24 April 2003
Downloads for Download
Download Festival, set to take place on 31 May and 1 June at the spiritual home of rock, Donington Park, has today announced the unique features of its New Media approach to the festival. As well as festivals goers being able to download music from the event, there will also be SMS chats on the big screens, SMS competitions, the already popular Download Digital Dog and an interactive festival world available through Scuzz's coverage on Sky Digital.
Stuart Galbraith, Vice President of UK Music at Clear Channel Entertainment said, "40 million people currently download and swap music online. By providing a legal avenue for downloading we are clearly defining our commitment to the future of music."
With the purchase of a festival ticket, fans will not only get access to two days of live music and more than 50 bands, but they will also have access to up to 150 digital downloads from the acts performing at Download - including up to 50 exclusive live tracks recorded at Download and available only to those attending the festival. Each ticket has an individual number printed on it and by entering this number on the official Download website fans will have access to an exclusive ticket holder section of the website where the downloads will be available. The tracks will be available on the Download website from today, with more tracks added each day as they come through from the bands.
Paul Myers, CEO of Wippit said, "It's great for Wippit to be involved in another innovation and with such great music. The Download Festival is showing that live music events need not be an on the day only experience, but something of value that you can genuinely take home with you."
Each artist/act is being asked to provide three songs for the download section with one already released song, a new unreleased track that would "time-out" the day the track is released commercially and one live track recorded at Download. These live tracks would then be available after the festival to provide all who attend with the ultimate souvenir of the weekend as well as a truly incredible value for money. At present the organisers have signed up many of the acts involved in Download for downloads including: Deftones Disturbed, Strung Out, NOFX, Spunge, One Minute Silence, Raging Speedhorn, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, InMe, Reel Big Fish, Reef, SikTh, Stampin Ground, Shadow's Fall, Stone Sour, Spineshank, Hellacopters, Murderdolls and Murder One.