Leicester

Download Festival: Motorists warned over delays

Metallica
Image caption Metallica, Biffy Clyro and Megadeth are performing at the festival

Motorists have been told to expect delays as thousands of rock fans descend on a Leicestershire village for this year's Download Festival.

Up to 95,000 people are due to arrive at Donington Park in Castle Donington over the next five days.

The festival, now in its tenth year, is headlined by Metallica, Prodigy and Black Sabbath.

Festival director Andy Copping said tickets had almost sold out with more than 70,000 people expected to camp.

People travelling to nearby East Midlands Airport are also warned to allow extra time for their journey.

Steve Parker, from the Highways Agency, said: "Major roads and motorways in the area, including the M1, A42, A50 and A453, are likely to be busy.

"All routes to the festival will be well signposted, but people travelling in the area should plan their journey in advance and check the latest travel conditions before they set out."

The event, formerly known as Monsters of Rock, also features performances from Biffy Clyro, Soundgarden and Megadeth.

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