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13th July 2017

the darkness

A documentary film about The Darkness is in production and it is promising to be a philosophical, darkly humorous and deeply personal comeback film about the multi-million selling band.

Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins told us:

"As soon as 'Permission To Land' was wrapped up I already knew it was going to be a mega-smash. But I also knew that the second album would not be, and that we'd split up, and I knew we'd come back together and I knew the comeback would be fabulous. The fabulous element of the comeback hasn't materialised as yet, but it's all a work in progress..."

In June 2003 The Darkness opened the mainstage at Glastonbury and a little over a year later, in August 2004, they headlined Reading Festival. In between they won four of the main awards at the 2004 Brit Awards; Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, Best British Breakthrough and Best British Album. It was an extraordinary year for an extraordinary band with their 2003 debut album, 'Permission To Land', going five times platinum in the UK alone.

the darkness

The Darkness were one of the most talked about, highly anticipated and loved bands of the moment. They built on the success of their debut album with the release of a follow-up, 'One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back', in 2005 and a whirlwind of global tours and madness.

In 2006 lead singer/guitarist Hawkins left the band, checking into rehab, and The Darkness fell apart. In 2014 the band reformed and are set to release their fifth studio album in late 2017.

World renowned photographer and filmmaker Simon Emmett (Jay-Z, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren) met the band when they reformed and realised they had a story to tell, an incredible journey from the bottom to the top and back again and more. He has recorded over 250 hours of footage to date capturing the past, present and future of The Darkness, what happened after they imploded in 2006 and most importantly their unique comeback story.

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It's going to be a huge treat for fans and music and documentary lovers alike, revealing the bands members in a way you've never seen them before, but it will also be funny, philosophical, personal, insightful, sad and, as always with The Darkness, massively entertaining.

Justin, Dan, Frankie and the key players both inside and outside the band each give deeply personal interviews and access to chart this incredible story. The film will also be a real insight into the unique mind of Justin Hawkins – one of the most distinctive, loved and out there vocalists of our time.

Simon Emmett is one of the best and most in-demand portrait photographers and film makers in the world. He has photographed and filmed many of the world's leading musicians and actors including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Matt Damon, Cara Delevigne, Cameron Diaz, Helen Mirren, Michael Caine, Adele and more for GQ, Vogue, Esquire (the list is similarly long) and he's created film projects with Ben Stiller, Idris Elba, Mark Ronson and Kylie.

The documentary is produced by Christine Cowin, former head of content at Blink TV, who exec-produced the documentary about Blur, 'Blur: New World Towers', and produced the recently released 'Buena Vista Social Club - Adios'.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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