The Darkness ‘terrified about Download, in a good way’

Band also say they're halfway through their comeback album

The Darkness have said they’re “terrified, but in a good way” about their comeback show today (June 10) at the Download Festival.

The band play the event’s main stage before headliners Def Leppard tonight and singer Justin Hawkins has said the band are nervous about the reception they’ll get after five years away.

He told Kerrang!: “We’re terrified, but in a good way. We’ve missed the daunting-ness. It’s one thing to play to your fans – that’s an awesome experience – but we haven’t done anything for a while that involves hostility.”

Hawkins also said that the band were mid-way through recording their third album, which, he said, is inspired by the same influences as their early material.

He said: “Spiritually, we’re in the same place we were back then. I live back in my little town, so it’s kind of like the first record again.”

The Darkness play the Main Stage at Download at 7.20pm (BST) tonight.

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