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Welcome to The Darkness Band Documentary Releasing Soon

The one we’ve all been waiting for as the Welcome to The Darkness band documentary is dropping soon and I’ve got a one way ticket to go and check it out on the big screen! 

Welcome to The Darkness documentary

Lightbulb Film Distribution is excited to share first look stills and the new trailer for Welcome to The Darkness, a warts and all feature-length documentary about British rockers, The Darkness, is coming to cinemas nationwide on November 9th for one night only, plus encores.

It will also be available on digital download and Blu-ray from December 4th. 

Back in 2003 The Darkness released one of the first albums I ever brought in Permission to Land. 

An absolute whirlwind time for the band as the album went on to win awards, top the charts and become a multi-platinum debut album.

Darkness Band Documentary

Fast forward to the height of their fame in 2006 and the band split up and fell off the music radar. 

Nine years later, director, and renowned celebrity portrait and beauty photographer, Simon Emmett (Underhill) followed The Darkness on their long, rocky and hilarious comeback trail.

From a small pub gig in the middle of nowhere with the ambition of performing at packed arena shows once again, Welcome to The Darkness shows the stark reality of a ‘cult band’ struggling to recapture former glory.

20 years on from their platinum-selling debut, Justin Hawkins, his brother Dan Hawkins, eccentric bassist Frankie Poullain, and new drummer Rufus Taylor tell their story, in their own words of The Darkness’ comeback tale.

Darkness Band

With unprecedented access, unseen archive footage, and intimate interviews filmed over eight years, Welcome to The Darkness is a tongue-in-cheek reflection on fame, failure, friendship and forgiveness.

At its heart, this is a unique account of a band of brothers who are still haunted by the demons that ripped them apart. A band who can defiantly laugh in the face of adversities in their ultimate quest for happiness and redemption.

Permission To Land was originally released in 2003 via Atlantic Records and stormed to the top of the UK Albums chart, where it remained for four weeks, and spent 53 weeks in the Top 100. It achieved the band three BRIT Awards, including British Album Of The Year, British Group and British Rock Act, where they fended off competition from the likes of Blur, Radiohead, Sugababes, Muse, Primal Scream and more.

The record has sold over 3.5 million copies to date, with 1.8m in the UK alone.


The Darkness will have a one night only cinema release on November 9th (+ encores) and will be available on digital download and blu ray from December 4th.

Some of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet the band will be touring the UK from December the 2nd until December 22nd and I highly recommend The Darkness VIP package.

During a Darkness VIP experience you get early access to the venue, you get to hang out with the band and have a tour of the stage and one lucky member can opt to play a song of their choosing with the band.

Not only that but after your experience with the band you’re given early venue access (in most cases) in addition to early merchandise access before the crowds so not only can you get the best spot in the house to view the band but all of the swag before it sells out!

Darkness VIP Package

It’s a great experience, it’s affordable and I highly recommend you click the little blue link above and check out the video of when we did it during covid restrictions. 

Now those restrictions have lifted it’s a more up close and personal experience once again with these absolute legends.

Book your tickets here:

Permission To Land… Again; a special 20th Anniversary reissue collection, was released on October 6th 2023 via Warner Music. The Darkness will be touring the UK from Dec 2nd until Dec 22nd.

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