Start your December in the company of The Darkness, who’ll bringing their tongue-in-cheek, high-camp rock to the Corn Exchange on the first of the month.
Fronted by the exuberant Justin Hawkins (who boasts a falsetto to rival Freddie Mercury’s), the band are touring in support of their album Last of our Kind, which was released in May.
As many will fondly remember, the band exploded into the charts in the early noughties, spearing through a fog of forgettable indie with their kitsch glam rock. Their debut album, Permission to Land, ripped straight to the top of the chart when it was released in 2003, featuring modern classics like I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Love is Only a Feeling and of course, the most rudely named Christmas hit ever, Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End). While nobody was ever sure how much of The Darkness’ spandexy shtick was parody, how much an homage to the golden days of rock, and how much was just a band making music they genuinely loved – it didn’t seem to matter, and the band continue to hold a special place in the heart of many (even if that’s not something you’d shout about). One thing they can do is put on a great show: expect retro rock posturing aplenty, pyrotechnics and a whole lot of energy. Support on the night comes from These Raven Skies and The River 68’s, and tickets are £27.50.