The Darkness confirm Irish dates for Permission to Land 20th anniversary

The Darkness have announced Irish shows celebrating 20 years of Permission to Land


ROCKERS The Darkness have announced two Irish shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of their hit debut album Permission To Land.

The Justin Hawkins-led group will play The Telegraph Building in Belfast on Saturday December 2 followed by a gig at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Sunday December 3.

“When Permission to Land landed, 20 short years ago, we were bathed in shock and awe," says Hawkins.


"As if by magic, Rock wasn’t dead! Fun wasn’t banned! And Spandex was almost acceptable again.

"Well, guess what? 20 years on, the same rules apply. So please, squeeze yourselves into those inappropriate leggings, back-comb your mullet, splash on a big handful of attitude, and come celebrate with us!

"We promise everything and we deliver, every time. Bring on the next 20!"

The Darkness will play The Telegraph Building in Belfast on December 2



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The Lowestoft-bred rockers enjoyed global success when Permission To Land topped the UK charts in 2003, spawning hit singles I Believe In A Thing Called Love, Growing On Me, Get Your Hands Off My Woman and Love Is Only A Feeling.


The debut LP eventually went five-times-Platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in the UK and performing well internationally. It also won the band several awards, including three BRITs, two Kerrang Awards and an Ivor Novello for Songwriters Of The Year.

Tickets for the Irish shows will go on sale on Friday July 7 at 9am via