Review: The Darkness at the O2 Academy Bristol

Editor November 15, 2011 0
Review: The Darkness at the O2 Academy Bristol

The Darkness rock a sold-out O2 for the first time in 8 years

The Darkness, wow, where do we start? This was one of the most energetic and entertaining shows I have seen in recent years. I couldn’t help but feel lucky to be watching this band in Bristol, they would be at home in a 70,000 seat stadium, so the energy that they brought to the 1,600 capacity O2 was immense.

After an almighty comeback at this year’s Download festival, The Darkness have retained their loyal following of fans (the lovingly named Darklings) and have amassed a new crowd. This was evident by looking around the venue, people of all ages came for one reason, to ROCK.

As the lights dropped for their set and the intro began you could feel the surge of excitement and adrenaline filling the room. Some people have waited a long 8 years to see them perform. Justin, Dan, Ed and Frankie burst onto the stage and straight into ‘Black Shuck’. Front man Justin Hawkins interacts with the crowd and has them singing and jumping from the very start.

Justin and guitarist brother, Dan must have been raised on a diet of glam rock and double espresso. The energy and talent that they put into their performance is something that you don’t see every day.

During ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman‘ Justin has the help of the audience to shout “motherfuuuuuuuckerr” resulting in the booing of the people on the balcony for not singing it loudly enough. New songs ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’ get a good reception and prove that The Darkness still have the same talent to write incredible songs as they did all those years ago.

Everybody loves a cover though and their rendition of both Radiohead’s ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)‘ and Queen’s ‘Tie Your Mother Down‘ were well chosen and perfectly executed. Street Spirit was actually an improvement of the original.

The Darkness have a reputation for being born entertainers and this comeback tour doesn’t disappoint. They are back and better than ever! With a new album in the pipeline there is a lot more to come from this incredible band. Watch this space…


Black Shuck / Growing On Me / Best Of Me / One Way Ticket / Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us / Get Your Hands Off My Woman / Out Of This World / Holding My Own / Love Is Only A Feeling / Concrete / Friday Night / Cannonball / Is It Just Me? / Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead cover) / Givin’ Up / Stuck in a Rut / Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) / Bareback / Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover) / I Believe In A Thing Called Love / Love On The Rocks With No Ice

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