Festival news: Rumours kickstarted comeback, singer Hawkins admits, as Donington adds acts including Skunk Anansie and Funeral for a Friend
The Darkness will return with their original lineup for this year’s Download festival at Donington Park on June 10-12.
And Justin Hawkins admits their comeback was kickstarted by tabloid rumours which surfaced last year.
The singer tells Kerrang: “We heard the rumours we were coming back and realised individually and collectively that it wasn’t such a bad idea.
“But the idea of playing Download terrifies us. We played an early slot on the main stage in 2003 and we were frightened then. It’s reassuring to know nothing has changed.”
The Darkness split in 2006 and Hawkins went on to form Hot Leg while the rest of the band became Stone Gods, who split last year. But it’s the first time the original lineup of Hawkins, brother Dan, drummer Ed Graham and bassist Frankie Poullain will have played together since 2005.
They’ll appear as second headliners under Def Leppard on Friday June 10.
Meanwhile, Skunk Anansie, Funeral for a Friend, Plain White Ts, Kvelertak, Framing Hanley, Hydro Da Hero and the Blackout have also been added to the festival bill.
Black Veil Brides
Bullet For My Valentine
The Damned Things
Duff McKagan’s Loaded
Escape The Fate
Funeral for a Friend
The Gaslight Anthem
Hydro Da Hero
Masters of Reality
Plain White Ts
Rise to Remain
System of a Down