There are just four days to go until Download 2011 kicks off and we’re continuing our look at the very best that this year’s bill has to offer.

Next up it’s the comeback band they’re all talking about – yes, it’s Lowestoft’s finest The Darkness. Expect thrills and spills as the band get back to their roots and warm up for Def Leppard (remember when they did the same job for the Steel City men all those years ago?).

And if you want to know more read on… 


WHEN: Friday June 10

WHERE: Main Stage

YOU KNOW THEM BECAUSE… They were influential in reviving interest in AOR and hair metal only to implode just as the scene they had helped to kickstart was back en vogue. Older, wiser but unlikely to be any less entertaining The Darkness circa 2011 are a top drawer draw for Donington

GUARANTEED ANTHEM: I Believe In A Thing Called Love

TOILET BREAK: Knockers (slapstick filler from ill-fated second album)

LOOK OUT FOR: Spandex and spirit as Justin Hawkins bids to prove there is life after self-destruction

ESSENTIAL ALBUM: Permission To Land

OUT NOW: The Platinum Collection (it’s been out for three years now!)

LIKE THE DARKNESS? YOU’LL LOVE: Def Leppard (Saturday), Thin Lizzy (Saturday), Houston (Saturday), Skin (Saturday)