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2003 saw the start of a love affair between one of the most extraordinary and best loved bands to come from the UK and fans all around the world. The Darkness exploded from their Lowestoft roots to global success when they released their debut album Permission To Land to almost overnight success. It topped the UK charts, going 5x Platinum and selling over 1.5 million copies in the UK alone, whilst also becoming a huge success everywhere from the USA to Australia, Germany to Japan.

The Darkness

The album spawned a series of hit singles including ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, ‘Growing On Me’, ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’. It also clocked up a series of awards including three BRIT Awards, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for ‘Songwriters Of The Year’ amongst many others.

The Darkness have now come full circle as their game-changing debut album Permission To Land turns 20 this year. The band are as hot on rock fans lips around the world as they were all those years ago, having sold out arena shows including Wembley with Black Stone Cherry earlier this year. And they even kicked off 2023 in style, ringing in the new year with a performance of the timeless classic ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ on BBC One’s New Year’s Eve programming.

That uber hit, and all the other solid gold stonkers from The Darkness’s debut and beyond, will be hitting venues around the globe on the 2023 Permission To Land 20 world tour, bolstered by a special expanded Permission To Land deluxe album release coming via Warner Music too.

20 years after The Darkness landed in 2003 with a big bang that changed the face of British rock music forever, their cheeky, spandex-clad anthems continue to probe and capture hearts around the world today.