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Permission to Land (Down Under): The Darkness Announce Australian Tour

The English glam rockers are heading to the East Coast next year

The Darkness

Gareth Parker

The Darkness are coming to Australia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut album.

The ‘Let There Be Rock’ tour will see the English glam rockers celebrate the landmark anniversary of Permission to Land, which was a surprise success on the UK charts in 2003. After debuting at number two, the album eventually took the top spot and held it for weeks, going on to sell over one million records in the band’s home country.

Permission to Land featured fan favourites (and enduring karaoke classics) such as “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” and “Love Is Only a Feeling”, which are sure to be sung with relish when The Darkness perform in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney in February of next year (see full dates below).

The Darkness will be supported by some of Australia’s finest rock names in DZ Deathrays, Cry Club, as well as You Am I performing their “The Majesty of Tap” Spinal Tap tribute show. DJs Eleven & Denim will also appear at each show.

“When Permission to Land landed twenty short years ago. we were bathed in shock and awe. As if by magic, rock wasn’t dead! Fun wasn’t banned! And spandex was almost acceptable again,” says frontman Justin Hawkins. “Well, guess what? Twenty years on, the same rules apply. Bring on the next twenty!”

Around since the early ’00s, The Darkness have continued to sell out tours across the globe over the past two decades, including their Motorheart album tour in 2022.

The Darkness Permission to Land 20th Anniversary Tour

With special guests You Am I performing “The Majesty of Tap”, “DZ Deathrays & Cry Club

+ DJ Eleven & DJ Denim

Tickets available via sbmpresents.com

Saturday, February 3rd
Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Wednesday, February 7th
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, February 10th
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW