The Darkness play first UK festival in seven years at Download

Justin Hawkins declares tonight (June 10) 'the best night of his life'
The Darkness made their UK festival comeback today (June 10) at the Download Festival.

Playing on the festival’s main stage before headliners Def Leppard, the band played a 13-song set in front of a massive crowd, with frontman Justin Hawkins exclaiming midway through the set: “Tonight is already the best night of my life, thank you.”

The band, who announced a November UK tour earlier today, kicked off their first UK festival appearance since August 2004 with early B-side ‘Bareback’. The set then leaned heavily on their 2003 debut LP ‘Permission To Land’, with only two songs their second album ‘One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back’ aired.


Review: The Darkness at Download

The set also included one new song, ‘Cannonball’, which fitted seamlessly in with the band’s early material, with frontman Justin Hawkins donning his trademark catsuit during the performance. They ended the set with a run through hit single ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ and traditional set closer ‘Love On The Rocks With No Ice’.

The Darkness played:

‘Black Shuck’
‘Growing On Me’
‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’
‘One Way Ticket’
‘Love Is Only A Feeling’
‘Friday Night’
‘Is It Just Me?’
‘Stuck in a Rut’
‘Givin’ Up’
‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’
‘Love On The Rocks With No Ice’


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