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The Darkness at Leeds Festival 2003 by Sara Bowrey

The Darkness‘ supersonic rise to stardom means they’ve been moved up the bill at the Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds festival.

The group were due to play after Cave In however, their huge rise in popularity means they’ve been bumped up and will now play before The Libertines on the Main Stage.

A spokesperson for organizer Mean Fiddler told: “We’re happy to see that bands we booked months ago like The Darkness and The Thrills have come out with great debut LPs that are making them more and more popular.”

This time The Darkness will be transported all the way to outer space in a B-movie pastiche. The Story begins with the band playing in singer Justin Hawkins’ bedroom from where all four members are transported to a visiting spaceship and embark on intergalactic adventures.

Having ridden the craft to another planet, danger threatens in the form of a giant space crab. Luckily, Justin fends it off by throwing a big rock at it. The spaceship is also attacked – by a giant squid, which clings to the side of the ship.

“The band are all wearing the usual glam rock gear: Justin’s in a white, frilled catsuit,” and insider told. “It’s all very tongue-in-cheek, as you might expect.”

The video in the work of award winning director Alex Smith, who has also collaborated with The Beatings and Six By Seven. Smith also directed the video for The Darkness ‘Growing On Me‘.

I Believe In A Thing Called Love‘ is out on Must Destroy/Atlantic on September 22.

The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. The festival’s origins date back to the Beaulieu Jazz Festival (1956-1961). Became the National Jazz Festival in 1961 (then The National Jazz and Blues Festival in 1963). And settled in Reading in 1971. In 1999 a second leg was added at Leeds.

© NME August 16, 2003

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