The Darkness Announce UK Tour For The End Of 2021

In addition to the announcement of their upcoming record, ‘Motorheart’The Darkness have also confirmed dates of a massive UK tour this November/December.

The tour will see the band play 21 dates over two months across the UK, with support coming from British Lion (aka Steve Harris) throughout.

Justin Hawkins had to say about the tour.

“The time has come, the walrus said… to put your fookin pants on your head and rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork! Yes, we, The Darkness, are the fuck back on tour, praise Satan’s better half… come and party with us like it’s the last orders at the last chance saloon. Which it may well be, but I wouldn’t like to comment any further on that. Get in kids, it’s The Darkness, wot you knows and luvs, plus British Lion – Steve Harris’ top rock band who are guaranteed to blow your socks straight up your welcoming arses. What a night! Delirium! Outfits, including hats! Denim that smells of hamsters! Who doesn’t want that? See you down the front, connoisseurs of the finest that life has to offer…”

You can check out the band’s full list of forthcoming UK tour dates below.

NOVEMBER 17 – BRIGHTON, Brighton Dome
NOVEMBER 19 – MARGATE, Winter Gardens
NOVEMBER 20 – BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
NOVEMBER 21 – SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavillion
NOVEMBER 23 – NORWICH, UEA
NOVEMBER 24 – CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
NOVEMBER 26 – READING, The Hexagon
NOVEMBER 27 – CARDIFF, The Great Hall
NOVEMBER 29 – EXETER, The Great Hall
NOVEMBER 30 – GUILDFORD, G Live
DECEMBER 02 – LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy
DECEMBER 03 – MANCHESTER, Academy
DECEMBER 04 – HULL, Bonus Arena
DECEMBER 06 – STOKE-ON-TRENT, The Victoria
DECEMBER 07 – BRISTOL, O2 Academy
DECEMBER 09 – GLASGOW, Barrowlands
DECEMBER 10 – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
DECEMBER 11 – LEEDS, O2 Academy
DECEMBER 13 – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
DECEMBER 14 – BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
DECEMBER 16 – LONDON, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
DECEMBER 17 – LONDON, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets go on sale from 10:00 AM on June 11th 2021 via axs.com.

Download Festival Add Over 70 Names To Their 2022 Lineup

After confirming that the 2021 iteration of Download festival will not be taking place this year, the festival have revealed some more of the names who will be playing Donington Park in 2022. 

Joining the already announced headliners KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro will be…

Deftones
Korn
The Pretty Reckless
Rise Against
Black Label Society
Theory
Monster Truck
Power Wolf
Wayward Sons
Those Damn Crows
The Raven Age
Megadeth
Steel Panther
The Distillers
The Darkness
Airbourne
Daughtry
Skillet
Lacuna Coil
Bush
Of Mice & Men
Wednesday 13
Ayron Jones
Massive Wagons
The Last Internationale
Control The Storm
The Ghost Inside
Funeral For A Friend
Descendents
Boston Manor
Sleep Token
The Faim
grandson
Trash Boat
Holding Absence
Marianas Trench
Wargasm
Loathe
Jamie Lenman
The Hara
Press Club
Salem
Cemetery Sun
Blackout Problems
Dead Posey
Static Dress
Electric Wizard
Sepultura
Blues Pills
Dying Fetus
British Lion
Bleed From Within
Twin Temple
Bokassa
Venom Prison
Spiritbox
Tempt
Fire From The Gods
A.A. Williams
Higher Power
Kill The Lights
Dead Poet Society
Joyous Wolf
Modern Error
Cellar Door Moon Crew
Lotus Eater
The Scratch
Dead Label
Phoxjaw
JJ Wilde
Anchor Lane
Temples On Mars
As Everything Unfolds
Injester

That’s a lot to get excited for.

Download Festival will take place at Donington Park on June 10-12 2022. 

Tickets are available via the following link.

The Darkness Team Up With Signature Brew For New Bells End Seasonal Bitter

Are you tired of the same old boring seasonal drink? Well, we’ve got a good surprise for you that The Darkness are releasing their own bitter!

It’s in collaboration with Signature Brew (Whom have a whole host of people they’ve worked with – Frank Turner, Enter Shikari and Idles to name a few) they band have harnessed the glorious, glamorous power of their megahit Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) for the new warming winter beer simply titled Bells End.

For the beer lovers out there, Signature Brew say, “On pouring out the brew, you’ll find a clear, deep copper beer with a medium-low carbonation; on the nose is a little stone fruit, toffee and light, earthy hops and you’ll be greeted with wintery and wild, spicy blackcurrant fruitiness and a firm bitterness which balances the complex rich, sweet toffee flavours of the malt.”

“The tasting session for Bells End went well, it was a big night and we tried every ale that we could think of,” says The Darkness’ Dan Hawkins. “We wanted a beer that’s punchy and drinkable at the same time. Signature Brew really know their stuff and captured exactly what we were after. Bells End has got a bit of oomph to it, but it’s something you can drink in the run up to Christmas and throughout the whole season. It’s a very wintery beer, it’s perfect and we can’t wait for everyone to try it.”

“We were really excited to brew with The Darkness, we love their music, and the experience didn’t disappoint,” says Signature Brew co-founder Sam McGregor. “The band visited the brewery several times and we collaborated closely with them to find the perfect beer style and the perfect name.

“2020 has been a tough one for everyone. We’ve worked with musicians throughout the year, from our socially-distanced brewery shows to enlisting bands to help deliver our now legendary Pub In A Box. As we approach the end of the year everyone needs a laugh and a tasty beer – and Bells End will definitely satisfy both.”

For those wanting to check it out now, head over to Signature Brew right now!

Check out this video below.

Line Up Announced For Virtual Download Festival

Download Festival 2020 isn’t going to be taking place this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but the organisers of the event have announced the line-up for a virtual weekender that’s set to take place!

The Download TV Weekend will take place on the same days as the cancelled dates (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020) and will feature some artists who were scheduled to play this year.

It’s all taking place on Download Festival’s YouTube channel, where the three days will be divided into a day and evening schedule, with the evening boasting two to three hours featuring performances from your favourite artists.

It will feature special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage and loads more!

Keeping with the 2020 lineup, there will be Kiss’s 2015 Download Festival available to watch on the Friday night.

Iron Maiden have the top billing band on Saturday evening where they will have a special set of archive performances as well as snippets from the Legacy Of The Beast tour.

System Of A Down will bring the weekend to a close on the Sunday with footage from three of their previous performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017.

Other acts confirmed are Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Deftones, The Darkness, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides and Poppy.

There’s also going going to be cookalongs which will act as the daytime activities where MasterChef’s Simon Wood, Vegan stars BOSH, tutorials, mindfulness sessions and more.

People who will be watching are encouraged to erect tents in their homes, dress as your rock idols and send in photos and videos using the hashtag #DOWNLOADTV.

Below you will find a full list of the lineup.

The full list of bands on the Download TV line-up are:

KISS

Iron Maiden (Saturday headliner)

System of a Down (Sunday headliner)

Alestorm

Alter Bridge

Babymetal

Baroness

Black Futures

Black Veil Brides

Bowling For Soup

Bush

Creeper

Deftones

Disturbed

Employed To Serve

Fozzy

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Funeral For A Friend

Gojira

Holding Absence

Killswitch Engage

Korn

Lacuna Coil

Loathe

Mastodon

Motionless In White

NXT UK

Periphery

Poppy

Powerwolf

Skillet

Steel Panther

The Darkness

The Hara

The Offspring

The Pretty Reckless

The Wildhearts

Theory

Twin Temple

Volbeat

Wage War

Wayward Sons

Music Video Roundup 23/08/19

It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. The first band on this weeks countdown are the Pop-Punk trio Junior. They’ve recently released their debut record, ‘Beautiful Life’ but before the release, they had their amazing track, ‘Brick By Brick’ in video form. Fun Fact: the track was also chosen at the NXT Lound theme for WWE NXT UK’s takeover in Cardiff which is set to take place in 31st August 2019.

 

Heading to Oxford for our number two pick on the roundup this week is Oxford’s MSRY who’ve recently gone from being a trio to a quartet in the form of bassist Harvey Lake adding to their ranks.

‘Still Breaks My Heart’ is a fresh cut from the group which also features guest vocals from Cancer Bats Liam Cormier.

Kial Churcher (Vocals) on the track has said:

“We played with the idea of obsession and people being too gone in it to realise what was happening around them and there being people who want to break through that barrier for them. The idea of social media being an all-consuming entity is a very real and happening thing right now, the fact people are obsessed with their presentation on social media, the extent people go to for ‘likes’ and to gain a following on them is mind blowing and can consume your entire being, vision and thought process.

I think it shows in the video that we’re trying to break through to that person who can’t see what’s around them, and it becomes harder and harder as it goes on in the video to help them see that there’s more out there than their obsession.”

 

Another band who’ve had their debut record out is Acres.  ‘Lullaby’ was their fourth and final cut to be released before the whole thing was released.

Ben Lumber (Vocals) on the meaning behind the track has said:

“‘Lullaby’ is a song about losing someone you love prematurely. Before you get the chance to know them properly, life takes them away, leaving you with but a bittersweet memory of the short time you had together.

We all lose people we love and in those moments of great loss, the time we did have may never seem enough. Nonetheless, all we can do is be grateful for the time we were given with them and know their presence will live on, through memories, the way they have touched our hearts and the way they helped shape us as human beings.”

 

Shall we get some Geordie’s on this weeks list? Newcastle’s Hardcore five-some Ground  Culture have a huge new single in the wake of their signing to Hopeless Records.

Vocalist Roy Watson, on the release of ‘Life Won’t Wait’ has said:

“Have you ever questioned why life doesn’t slow down? In a world of loud thinkers, silence acts as nothing but a pawn in the iris of opportunity. 

He continues: “We have all chosen blind ignorance over action at times, normally not down to a lack of ability, but because true progress feeds off a constant moulding discomfort which is difficult to stand in the centre of.

“How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?”

 

More British metal on this weeks list! This time its Harbinger. They recently played at the 2019 Bloodstock Open Air Festival wherein preparation, they had a video released for ‘Descendants’.

The video itself compromised of footage from the band’s appearance at this years Tech-Fest in July.

 

Next, Rising Duo Black Futures have shown what they’re capable of in ‘Body & Soul’. It’s the latest video to come off their upcoming release, ‘Never Not Nothing’.

On the track, they commented:

“‘Body & Soul’ is a simple, singular expression. We are all the same cocktail of matter squished together to form a body. A vessel for experience and feelings. It’s time to free yourself from the shackles of conformity.

Drain your brain of hyper-capitalist smug and become steward of all life! An empathy machine! Humans; the protectors of existence! Gather as a mass of humanity and have an apocalypse prevention party! Giving the meaningless meaning! I am you and you are me! Make Weird & Live Free!

Or summink like that! At least that’s what Joe Strummer told me in my dreams.”

 

Moving to the Glam Rock world (which I don’t know if it is a first but I’ll go ahead and say it is) is The Darkness. They have a new record, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’ which is set to be released on 4th October 2019 which will see them on a huge tour in support of the record. Let’s dive into the video.

 

Is the entertainment industry toxic? That’s just what iDKHOW are asking in their latest video released for ‘Social Climb’ as it shows both members Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman in a party of the living dead.

Weekes on the inspiration behind the track has said:

“’Social Climb’ is about my experiences living in L.A. for almost a decade, orbiting this world of celebrity and money… The parties that must be attended, the behaviors that must be adopted, and just not feeling part of that sphere. It’s what it feels like to be alone in a crowded room.”

 

 

Moving to one of the most exciting UK prospects in recent years is The Amazons. They’ve released a new single off their record ‘Future Dust’ ahead of their set at this years Leeds & Reading Festivals which started today!

Matt (Vocals) has said:

“I wrote 25 two months before I turned 25, to try to work out where I am in life. The song mimics the confusion that I constantly feel, that everyone my age feels. Are we all narcissists or are we really switched on?”

 

And I’ve saved the best track and video for last!

Slipknot are all anyone’s talking about in the Metal world at the moment and ahead of their upcoming Sixth studio record, the legends that they are have released a second single from the record. ‘Solway Firth’ is the name and our final pick in this week’s Music Video Roundup! Check it out below.

 

And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.

The Darkness Announce UK Tour

If their upcoming record, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’ wasn’t enough for the British people to be excited for this year, The Darkness have announced some UK dates in support of the record.

Support is yet to be confirmed but it’s going to be a pretty extensive tour for the end of 2019.

Check out the dates below.

November 2019

26th – Belfast Limelight

27th – Dublin Academy

29th – Nottingham Rock City

December 2019

1st – Birmingham O2 Academy

2nd – Leicester O2 Academy

3rd – Southend Cliff Pavilions

5th – Norwich UEA

6th – Cambridge UEA

7th – Bath Pavilion

9th – Portsmouth Pyramids

10th – Brighton Dome

11th – Watford Colosseum

13th – Manchester Academy

14th – Newcastle O2 Academy

15th – Glasgow O2 Academy

17th – York Barbican

18th – Liverpool O2 Academy

20th – London Roundhouse

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Music Videos 21/

It’s time for another roundup of the latest music videos! Let’s get things kicking with Ausies Death Metal awesomeness with Thy Art Is Murder’s newest monster of a track, Puppet Master’.

Next up is legends The Darkness who showcase their talent on a track off their upcoming record, Solid Gold, set to drop October 6th. Here’s Pinewood Smile.

Another legendary group is up next. This comes from their latest album, Revolution Radio. It’s green day with Troubled Times.

Interested in more? I got you covered, next up is Tiger Army and their track, “Dark And Lonely Night”.

Now this group has been under the radar recently, but they have a new track which is off their upcoming record, Inside A Dream, this is Echosmith with Future Me.

Next up this is a group taking the world by storm, one music video at a time. Something to sink your eyes into, this is I Prevail with a track taken from the band’s debut record, Lifelines, and this is the title track off said record.

Next is a duo with a much more vibrant music video! Up next is The Hexans who feature New Years Day’s Ash Costello and Rob Zombie’s Matt Montgomery. Check out Light’s Out Below.

And the last track on this list is a band who have been away, planning and working to show what they can do. Here’s Yorkshire’s own, Marmozets and their newest single they dropped the other night, Play!