The Darkness Live @ Bournemouth 02 Academy Review

Words: Laine Roberts

Welcome to my first ever review on any kind of music and this was also the first gig I attended on my own so I guess we’re going to talk about my time seeing The Darkness Live at the O2 Academy in my new hometown of Bournemouth!

Now I have to be honest before seeing them I only really knew 2 songs and it turned out it was the day after they had just released their new album ‘Motorheart’ which Justin Hawkins (Lead singer), Dan Hawkins (brother of Justin and guitarist), Frankie Poullain (Bass guitar) and Rufus Tiger Taylor (drummer and son of Roger Taylor) make it album number 7 for the band.

The band are incredibly professional as well as comfortable on stage, you can tell they’ve been doing this for a while and they’re what I call a “proper” rock band. The crowd made good noise as they came out and by the end there were shirts off and waves of bouncing fanatics starting with their new album’s opening song “Welcome to Glasgae” all the way through to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” and “Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).

They had a good mix of old and new songs which obviously pleased the audience and I’m sure for many would have been the first time they got to experience new material. This band just knows how to have fun but I chose to watch from the balcony, next time (and there will be) I’m going to have to get down near the front. The guitars and drums were loud and Justin’s voice is truly fantastic and unique.

If you get an opportunity to see this band and you like hard rock please do. I promise you will not regret it.


The venue for me is 4/5, it’s brilliant for its size (1800 capacity), I felt the setup was excellent and the staff were all brilliant from the front of house to the barmen. It wasn’t too hot either but that might be the time of year.

The crowd I will say 3/5, people definitely enjoyed themselves but I think the only reason this isn’t a 4/5 is because of the new songs as many had not heard them yet, ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ was a 5/5 everyone was having it! I believe if the album came a couple of weeks earlier or even the gig being a couple of weeks later it would have been 4/5.

The Darkness themselves are 5/5 they know exactly what they’re doing, incredibly comfortable, so professional and very crowd pleasing.

Overall a 4/5 for me. Again please!

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