Download 2012 is almost upon us and so it’s time for our final preview for this summer.

And who better to wrap things up than returning Geordie mob the Quireboys with the band pivotal to a tremendous ‘back to the early 90s’ second stage bill.

With a high profile support slot opening up for old touring buddies Guns N Roses in Switzerland later this month and a new album due for autumn there’s no stopping Spike and his pals right now.

And for anyone who can remember the Quireboys’ raucous 1990 Monsters Of Rock set prepare for a long overdue repeat.

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Band: Quireboys

Where: Zippo Encore Stage

When: Friday June 8 (14.30-15.00)

Who: Good time rock n rollers enjoying long overdue revival

Why Watch Quireboys: The current line-up has been together more than a decade and they’re as tight as Spike’s bandana. Made to play live they’re back at Donington for the first time in more than 20 years – when they supported Aerosmith and Whitesnake at the Monsters Of Rock.

Why Miss Quireboys: If you have never larned yersel Geordie then Spike’s mid-song banter might go over your head. And don’t expect shredding from blues rock buddies and twin guitar powerhouse Paul Guerin and Guy Griffin. They’re too cool for [rock] school.

Must hear: Party anthem 7 O’ Clock, from the band’s 1990 UK number two album A Bit Of What You Fancy, is a classic Quireboys cut. It might get aired in the middle of the afternoon but you’ll still be dancing like a loon.

Overrated: Sex Party, another track culled from ABOWYF, isn’t really suitable for a family audience and lacks the class normally associated with Spike and his buddies.