But it's a lukewarm reception for the rock giants..

Saturday headliners THE DARKNESS got a lukewarm reception for their gig on the MAIN STAGE at the CARLING WEEKEND LEEDS FESTIVAL this evening (August 28).

Poor sound quality at the beginning of the set meant that the band weren’t cheered as they arrived on stage with an untitled jam.

Playing a similar set to last night’s performance at Reading, the band played three songs destined for their second album, including ‘The Girl With The Hazel Eyes’.

Frontman Justin Hawkins, dressed in a leather catsuit worked hard to warm-up the crowd with hits like ‘Get Your Hand’s Off My Woman’ and banter, telling the crowd “we’re at Leeds on a Saturday night, lets have a good time.”

The Lowestoft four-piece also played their rock cover of Radiohead classic ‘Street Spirit’.

It wasn’t until ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ before the encore that the festival crowd erupted and cheered duly.

The cock rockers, with Hawkins dressed in a spangly two-piece and pirate hat, returned for a three song encore, finishing with a lengthy rendition of ‘Love On The Rocks With No Ice’ and extravagant firework display that finally united the Main Stage crowd.