2023 finds Britain’s beloved rock band The Darkness celebrating 20 years since they birthed Permission To Land, the multi-platinum, chart-topping debut album which changed the face of rock music forever. To celebrate the landmark occasion, The Darkness will embark on a global tour later this year.

Today the band are delighted to announce 13 European dates on the Permission To Land 20 tour, with many more jaw-dropping, show-stopping concerts around the world to be revealed shortly.

Frontman Justin Hawkins comments, “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…

“Well, guess what? Twenty years on, the same rules apply. So please to squeeze yourselves into those inappropriate leggings, back-comb your mullet, splash on a big handful of attitude, and come celebrate with us! We promise everything and we deliver, every time. Bring on the next twenty!

“The Darkness. The best. For you. Forever.”

Tickets for these European shows will be on sale from Friday 24th March: www.thedarknesslive.com/tour-dates

The shows promise to be a grand spectacle with the band playing the much-lauded, award-winning, foot-stomping, guitar-wailing, groove-making masterpiece in full. Kicking off with the splendid rifferama of ‘Black Shuck’ they’ll blast their way through all of Permission To Land’s 11 tracks, including ‘Growing On Me’, ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’, ‘Giving Up’, ‘Love On The Rocks With No Ice’, ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ and of course the iconic ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’.

In addition to that splendid confection of rock brilliance, Justin, Dan, Frankie and Rufus will pump out a bonus ‘Best Of The Rest’ set, stuffed to the gills with all the hits and fan favourites from their six subsequent studio albums. It’s enough to make any right-thinking music fan go weak at the knees!

There will also be a very special expanded Permission To Land deluxe album release coming later this year via Warner Music, with further details to be revealed soon.


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

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