Download Festival 2024: Sponsor Barclays pulls out following uproar from bands over ties with Israel

Barclays has pulled out of sponsorship from Download Festival following protests from a number of bands over the banking giant's alleged links to Israel. Several acts had dropped out of the Donington Park rock festival due to the bank reportedly providing financial services to defence companies supplying Israel.

However, it has now been confirmed that Barclays has pulled its sponsorship from the festival, and a number of other major events. A spokesperson for Live Nation told The Guardian: “Following discussion with artists, we have agreed with Barclays that they will step back from sponsorship of our festivals.”

At least four bands had previously announced that they would no longer be performing at Download this weekend due to the sponsorship from Barclays. This included US punk band Scowl, who said “We will not be playing Download fest this year due to Barclays Bank sponsorship of the event and Barclays’ connection to Israel."

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Barclays has also pulled out from sponsoring a number of other festivals, including Latitude and Isle of Wight. These events had also seen artists and fans protest against the sponsorship.

Speaking on X, formerly Twitter, rock band Enter Shikari said: "there has been mounting pressure for bands to drop out of Download festival due to the involvement of Barclays Bank.

"We have been in talks with Download themselves, expressing our serious objection at Barclays' involvement. We have considered all options, and along with other artists have been working tireless on this.

"We don't believe in rushed reactions and always want the best outcome for all involved. Thanks to this collective pressure we now believe we have achieved that - Barclays have pulled out of Download festival"

Around 75,000 rock fans are expected to descend on Donington Park this weekend for the festival, with Queens of the Stone Age and Fall Out Boy among the biggest names to be taking to the stage. The festival has also teased the arrival of a "very, very special" performance from an as-yet-unnamed band, find out more here.