Kerrang! magazine and The Lowdown‘s Kylie Olsson conducted separate interviews with reunited British rockers THE DARKNESS at this year’s edition of the Download festival, which is being held June 10-12, 2011 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chats below.
THE DARKNESS made its U.K. live comeback last Sunday night (June 5) in front of just 200 people at the Norwich Waterfront.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
02. Black Shuck
03. Growing On Me
04. Get Your Hands Off My Woman
05. One Way Ticket
06. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us
07. Love Is Only A Feeling
08. Is It Just Me?
11. Stuck In A Rut
12. Givin’ Up
13. Friday Night
14. I Believe In A Thing Called Love
15. Love On The Rocks With No Ice
THE DARKNESS‘ appearance at this weekend’s Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom will mark the band’s first festival appearance since splitting up in 2006.
THE DARKNESS will appear as special guests to headliners DEF LEPPARD on the opening night of the Download festival.
“The idea of playing Download terrifies us,” frontman Justin Hawkins said. “We played in an early slot on the main stage in 2003 and we were frightened then. It’s reassuring to know that nothing has changed.
“On a serious note, it’s the most rockest of festivals and the perfect place for us to begin the next phase of our journey,” he continued.
Prior to this event, THE DARKNESS — Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and Ed Graham — spent time in an East Anglian studio working on tracks that will in time become the band’s third album.
THE DARKNESS‘ first album, “Permission To Land”, was released in 2003, hitting the No. 1 spot in the U.K. chart and winning “MasterCard British Album” at the 2004 Brit Awards (along with “Best British Group” and “British Rock Act”).
Between 2003 and 2006, THE DARKNESS was honored with many awards and accolades; along with three Brit Awards, the band won an Ivor Novello in 2004 for “Songwriters Of The Year”, four Kerrang! Awards, two Metal Hammer Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award and even an Elle Style Award in 2004 for “Most Stylish Band”.
Kerrang! magazine interview:
The Lowdown interview:
THE DARKNESS 2011: