The Darkness live in Coventry June 4th 2013
The Darkness live in Coventry June 4th 2013

The Darkness have experienced a whirlwind week that has seen them elevated to the biggest-selling British act in the album charts.

Their debut album ‘Permission To Land‘ was set to storm into the charts at Number Two as went to press, falling just behind Beyoncé‘s ‘Dangerously In Love‘.

To Celebrate, a decadent party was organized where a huge spaceship ‘landed’ outside London’s The Cross nightclub. Zoë Ball, Samantha Morton and Har Mar Superstar were among the celebrities who rocked the night away to the sounds of Bon Jovi and Guns N’Roses. Har Mar had a crack at karaoke too, belting out a pretty good version of ‘Ben‘ by Michael Jackson to the delight of amazed onlookers.

Earlier in the week, The Darkness packed out London’s Oxford Street HMV, as 1,500 fans tried desperately to get a glimpse of the band, with some devoted followers queuing for up to eight hours to secure their place at the front.

People spilled out onto the street as the group tore through a seven-song set, including the latest single ‘Growing On Me‘, before siting down for a signing session that finished an hour late due to the masses of people.

An HMV spokesperson said: “It’s the biggest ever crowd for a band’s debut performance at an HMV store”.

But the rock’n’roll train doesn’t stop there. The band recently announced a mammoth UK tour which wil see them support Metallica and Linkin Park, and perform at Knebworth Park with Robbie Williams.

Frontman Justin Hawkins told that the thought of the band playing such a massive venue doens’t phase him. “Big gigs don’t scare us at all – they’re so much easier than the small ones”, he said. “But the gigs today at HMV was good, really good”.

© NME 19 July 2003

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