Nineteen year old raised millions for charity before his death in May
The main stage at this year’s Download Festival will be named after charity campaigner Stephen Sutton, who died of cancer earlier this year.
Teenager Sutton was a big music fan and put attending Download on his “bucket list” of things to do after being diagnosed with the illness three years ago. He went to the festival in 2013 and was due to go again this year but sadly passed away earlier this month (May).
In tribute to Sutton, who initially wanted to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and ended up earning closer to £4m for the charity, Download organisers have confirmed that they have named the Main Stage at this year’s festival after the teenager.
A post on the festival’s official Facebook page confirmed the move. The post reads: “At Download HQ, we were very sad to hear about Stephen Sutton’s passing last week. For those that don’t know, Download Festival was one of the things on Stephen’s bucket list and we were honoured to invite him along and have him with us at the festival last year.”
“In recognition of his epic fundraising efforts and for being an inspiration to us all, after speaking to his family, we’ve decided to name the main stage the Stephen Sutton Stage at this year’s festival. We’ll also be helping to keep the fund raising going at Download too. Rock in Peace Stephen.”
Bands confirmed to appear on the Stephen Sutton Stage at Download this year include Aerosmith, Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold. Bring Me The Horizon, Alter Bridge, Rob Zombie, Sikth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Fall Out Boy will also appear.
For all the latest line-up additions, see Downloadfestival.co.uk.