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Scowl, Zulu, Speed, and More Pull Out of Download Fest

Scowl, Zulu, and Speed Among Bands Withdrawn from Download Fest 2024

Written by Tina Brice

Multiple artists backed out of the festival mere days before curtain due to Palestine/Israel conflict.

The Download Festival took place June 14-16, 2024, in Donington Park Leicestershire, England. The rock festival had acts from all over the world participating in the three-day event. Just days before the show was set to begin, multiple artists pulled out in protest of Barclay’s involvement with the event.

Initially created as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock tour, the Download Festival began in 2003 as a two-day festival hosting some of the biggest names in the rock and alternative scene. In 2005, due to heavy interest, the festival was extended to three days. In 2024, the show boasted a lineup including such household names as Fall Out Boy, Queens of the Stone Age, and Pantera. 

Barclays, a multinational bank, signed a five-year contract with Live Nation, providing sponsorship to the Download, Latitude and Isle of Wight festivals. This year, the bank pulled out of all events put on by Live Nation after protests from bands and attendees of the concerts. It was uncovered that the bank was doing business with companies that were supplying weapons to Israel in the war with Palestine in the Gaza region. 

Scowl, Zulu, and Speed were some of the most vocal among the musicians that withdrew from the festival. Scene Queen made a point during her set to commend the artists for taking a stand in a way that she couldn’t. She donated her performance fee to a nonprofit benefitting Palestinian children.

Bad Omens also pulled out of their headlining spot, with the band citing mental health concerns for the members. The band canceled their tour in Europe through June and July to combat “extreme burnout.”

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