Watch a preview of The Darkness’ first documentary, “Welcome To The Darkness”

Author Hernan Osuna - 27.10.2023

UK rockers The Darkness have released the trailer for their upcoming feature-length documentary “Welcome to the Darkness”. Watch it below.

The film will be shown in cinemas for one night only on November 9 and will be available on digital download and Blu-ray from December 4. Click here to get tickets for the screening.

In 2003, British rockers The Darkness took the world by storm with their smash hit single “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and the award-winning, chart-topping, multi-platinum debut album “Permission to Land”. Then, at the height of their fame in 2006, the band split up and fell off the music radar.

Nine years later, director, and renowned celebrity portrait and beauty photographer, Simon Emmett (Underhill) followed The Darkness on their long, rocky and hilarious comeback trail. From a small pub gig in the middle of nowhere with the ambition of performing at packed arena shows once again, “Welcome to The Darkness” shows the stark reality of a “cult band” struggling to recapture former glory.

20 years after their platinum-selling debut, Justin Hawkins, his brother Dan Hawkins, eccentric bassist Frankie Poullain, and new drummer Rufus Taylor tell their story, in their own words of The Darkness’ comeback tale.

With unprecedented access, unseen archive footage, and intimate interviews filmed over eight years, “Welcome to The Darkness” is a tongue-in-cheek reflection on fame, failure, friendship and forgiveness. At its heart, this is a unique account of a band of brothers who are still haunted by the demons that ripped them apart. A band who can defiantly laugh in the face of adversities in their ultimate quest for happiness and redemption.

“Permission To Land” was originally released in 2003 via Atlantic Records and stormed to the top of the UK Albums chart, where it remained for four weeks, and spent 53 weeks in the Top 100. It achieved the band three BRIT Awards, including British Album Of The Year, British Group and British Rock Act, where they fended off competition from the likes of Blur, Radiohead, Sugababes, Muse, Primal Scream and more. The record has sold over 3.5 million copies to date, with 1.8 million in the UK alone.

The documentary comes amid news of a 20th-anniversary reissue of the band’s landmark 2003 album “Permission To Land”, which features their most iconic single “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”.

The British outfit will also be touring the UK and Europe to celebrate the milestone, playing the album in full on every date, as well as other hits from the rest of their discography. Click here for tickets and below for a full list of dates.

07 – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
08 – Germany, Hamburg, Markthalle
09 – Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik
11 – Germany, Munich, Technikum
13 – Italy, Rome, Orion
14 – Italy, Milan, Alcatraz
15 – Italy, Modena, Vox
17 – Switzerland, Prattlen, Z7
18 – Luxembourg, Den Atelier
20 – Switzerland, Bern Muhle Hunziken
22 – Belgium, Brussels, AB
23 – France, Paris, La Cigale
24 – Netherlands, Amsterdam Melkweg Max

2 – Belfast, Telegraph Building
3 – Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre
8 – Norwich, Nick Rayns LCR
9 – London, Roundhouse
11 – Glasgow, Barrowland
12 – Manchester, New Century Hall
14 – Bristol, Beacon
15 – Nottingham, Rock City
16 – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall