UPDATE: Lowestoft rockers The Darkness have reformed

Suffolk's most successful rock band, The Darkness, are back together and will soon be on the summer festival circuit.

Singer and guitarist Justin Hawkins posted a link on his Twitter account on Sunday to a new website for the band, which announced: 'Hello (again)! There will be news very soon.'

And this morning it was confirmed that following a five year hiatus the Lowestoft band will make their return to the world stage by performing at Download Festival in Donington Park on June 10. The band, fronted by Hawkins and his guitarist brother Dan, will play on the main stage as a warm up for headliners Def Leppard.

Original members bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Ed Graham will complete the line-up.

Frontman Justin said: 'The idea of playing Download terrifies us. We played in an early slot on the main stage in 2003 and we were frightenedthen. It's reassuring to know that nothing has changed!


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'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.'

A message on The Darkness website added that the group will be 'locked in an East Anglian studio working on tracks' in the run up to the festival and there would be more news before too long.

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The band rose to worldwide fame in 2003 with their hit debut album, Permission To Land, and hit singles Growing On Me and I Believe In a Thing Called Love. The album sold more than a million copies and the band won three Brit Awards.

But sales of their follow-up album, One Way Ticket To Hell (And Back), in 2005, were disappointing and Justin quit in 2006, blaming a chronic drink and drugs habit.

The remaining members went on to form Stone Gods while Justin put together a new group, Hot Leg. When both bands went on indefinite break last year it fuelled rumours of a Darkness comeback.

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