Justin Hawkins has come down with gastroenteritis…

The Darkness have pulled out of a summer festival appearance due to illness.

The band have just completed a tour of European festivals, and this coming weekend (August 7-8) were scheduled to head out to Japan to play at the Summer Sonic festival in Osaka and Tokyo.

According to a doctor’s note, Hawkins has been suffering from what he describes as “a tummy upset”, but what a doctor diagnosed as “diarrhoea associated with abdominal pain and discomfort”, thought to have been a bout of gastroenteritis.

Following his illness, Hawkins was said to have suffered from being “tired and out of sorts”.

The doctor concluded that the illness, combined with a heavy work load led to lethargy, tiredness and occassional dizziness.

An official statement has now been issued, which reads: “The Darkness have been forced to pull out of the Summersonic Festival in Japan this coming weekend (07.08.04/08.08.04) due to illness.

“Justin Hawkins has been diagnosed with ‘a bout of gastroenteritis’ and it has been recommended by his consultant ‘to take at least one week to rest and recuperate before recommencing his busy work schedule’.

“This, regrettably, has meant the band have had to pull their appearance at the festival. They will recommence their European Tour in Austria on the 12.08.04 and will headline at the Reading & Leeds Festivals on the August Bank Holiday as planned.”