I will be traveling to UK in June 19 for Download Festival in Donnington. I need to start the Visa procedure for it as soon as possible. I read in an article that I will need to present an invitation letter from UK for the Visa along with other documents. I don't think the ticket for the concert will come anytime before March, and I do not want to risk waiting till then.

How can I apply for a Visa for the above from India? What do I need to present as in invitation letter?

Thanks for any advice!

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    The earliest you can apply for a UK visitor visa is 3 months before you travel. So for a June trip, you cannot apply sooner than March. Nov 30, 2018 at 7:05
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    If you are not performing at the festival but are simply attending it, you would be considered a "tourist" and will not require an invitation letter. Standard visitor visas are used for variety of purposes and as your purpose will be "leisure" all you need is a well defined itinerary (festival tickets will help), strong ties to your home country and means to support yourself.
    – RedBaron
    Nov 30, 2018 at 7:17
  • @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas That is good information. Thank you, my anxiety settled a bit now! Nov 30, 2018 at 7:21
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    @RutwickGangurde As per this question you don't need to provide flight bookings. But fixing your dates (and sticking to it will help). Strong ties to home country means that you should be able to demonstrate that you have compelling reasons to be back home after visa expires. This includes (but is not limited to) a good, stable job, family ties, property etc. We have a lot of UK visa refusal questions here. I would encourage you to take a look at those.
    – RedBaron
    Nov 30, 2018 at 7:30
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    @RutwickGangurde Download downloadfestival.co.uk/info is a 3 day festival, staying onsite it might stretch to 5 days. Depending on your travel history and personal circumstances (ties to home, job, finances etc) you should consider whether a trip from India is likely to be viewed as a strong travel premise by UKVI.
    – Traveller
    Nov 30, 2018 at 7:46

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What do I need to present as in invitation letter?

Present the actual invitation letter. If you don't have one, don't present one. It is not a compulsion.

  • Thanks, I think the gig tickets should suffice. Nov 30, 2018 at 10:02

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