THE DARKNESS fans will make an early start to the bank holiday weekend today at one of the country's top music festivals.
The band, led by ex-Huddersfield Technical College student Justin Hawkins, will be among top names appearing at the sell-out Reading Festival.
Despite fears in some quarters earlier this week of weather-related chaos, fans are being told to expect "business as usual".
Organisers of the three-day event - expected to attract 55,000 each day - are confident disruption resulting from heavy downpours earlier this week can be kept to a minimum.
Some car parking has been moved away from the main site due to flooding, but organisers hope their attempts to minimise disruption will pay off.
A spokeswoman said: "Yes, some of the car parking has been moved back away from the site and shuttle buses will be provided for fans, but for the most part I don't think it's a major move.
"Apart from that it's business as usual. We are all looking forward to it."
Drivers are being urged to allow extra time for journeys.
AA spokeswoman Rebecca Rees said there had been reports of traffic building up in Reading yesterday as some fans headed there early.