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Scowl, Zulu, SPEED, Etc. Pull Out Of 2024 ‘Download Festival’ Due To Sponsor’s Relationship With Israel (Updated)


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Scowl have pulled out of their planned appearance at this year’s ‘Download Festival‘ in the UK. The melodic hardcore outfit were scheduled to perform at the event this week in Donington Park, but have taken issue with Barclaycard being one of the event’s primary sponsors.

A statement issued by the band earlier today, June 10th, reads as follows:

“We will not be playing Download Fest this year due to Barclays Bank sponsorship of the event and Barclays connection to Israel and the genocide Israel is committing in Palestine.

Free Palestine!”

Scowl also withdrew from official SXSW events earlier this year due to a similar situation. Scowl‘s latest departure follows Pest Control announcing their decision to exit this year’s ‘Download Festival‘ over the same concerns. Pest Control stated:

Update: June 10th, 2024 01:00pm:

Zulu have now pulled out of this year’s ‘Download Festival‘ as well, citing the same concerns Scowl and Pest Control:

Update: June 10th, 2024 02:00pm:

SPEED have now pulled out as well:

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