Photography By Lewis Graham
The Darkness rolled into Belfast for a triumphant return and to a highly excitable and enthusiastic crowd. The guys were back supporting the recent release of their stunning new album Pinewood Smile which we recently reviewed and have a big ass 10/10 too!
Check out the review here : http://rocknloadmag.com/album-review/darkness-pinewood-smile-album-review/
The venue tonight was packed to the rafters in anticipation as one of the UK’s finest live acts was about to take to the stage, first up was Mindriot an Alt/Rock 3 piece from Mitchelstown Ireland their hard hitting vibe got the crowd warmed up and in the mood for a night of face melting music! As the guys left the stage the appetites where truly whet and the energy levels through the roof.
Now it was the turn of The Darkness and the energy in the room was electric, Justin Hawkins and the boys enters the stage and like a man on a mission kicks off the night with ‘Open Fire’ and the crowd knows this shit just got real. The guys ripped into crowd favourite ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’ as the party continues, the guys attack their set with gusto and a flamboyant style like only The Darkness know how, they cover new and old material to keep the crowd on their toes. The latest offerings like ‘Solid Gold’ and ‘All The Pretty’ girls went down a treat and were sung along like they were longtime classics, the crowd eating out of the palm of Hawkins as he mesmerised each and every single person in the room.
The guys slayed their return to Belfast with an enigmatic performance that left one and all with baited breath, ensuring their reputation as one of Britain’s finest Rock exports for years to come. The night was beautifully wrapped up with ‘Growing On Me’ followed by the powerful and intense ‘Japanese Prisoner Of Love’ and of course the now infamous ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ which announced this band to the world all those years ago, a song that reminded the world that the guitar solo was not a thing of the past, but which still send chills down your back today as it did all those years ago.
A night again to remember for a Belfast crowd once again in beautiful harmony with an old time favourite, The Darkness rule once again!
Catch the guys live in over the next coming months as they hit the UK and Europe on a string of dates.
23/11 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
24/11 – Manchester, Academy
25/11 – Blackburn, King George’s Hall
27/11 – Leeds, O2 Academy
28/11 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
29/11 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
01/12 – Stoke-On-Trent, Victoria Hall
02/12 – Nottingham, Rock City
03/12 – Norwich, UEA
05/12 – Guildford, G Live
06/12 – Margate, Winter Gardens
07/12 – Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion
09/12 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
10/12 – London, Eventim Apollo
11/12 – Brighton, Dome
13/12 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
14/12 – Bristol, Colston Hall
THE DARKNESS DOCUMENTARY… COMING 2018
The full breadth of The Darkness’ legendary rise to the top, spectacular slide to the bottom and steady climb back up the greasy pole of Rock ’n’ Roll is soon to be laid bare in glorious detail. Currently in production is a philosophical, darkly humorous and deeply personal documentary of The Darkness’ comeback, due for release in 2018.
The documentary is being created by world-renowned photographer and filmmaker Simon Emmett (Jay Z, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren). He has recorded over 250 hours of footage to date, capturing the past, present, hopes, dreams and inner mental turmoil of The Darkness. Until July 31st 2017 the film is garnering funding through Indiegogo, with a variety of exclusive pre-order items. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-darkness-documentary-music#/
As Justin explains, “As soon as ‘Permission To Land’ was wrapped up I already knew it was going to be a mega smash. But I also knew that the second album would not be, and that we’d split up, and I knew we’d come back together and I knew the comeback would be fabulous. The fabulous element of the comeback hasn’t materialised as yet, but it’s all a work in progress. To be frank – the story of The Darkness is: years of perspiration, overnight sensation, over-saturation, temporary separation, reunion elation, career renovation, ‘Pinewood Smile’ creation!”