Search

Review: The Darkness, High Lodge, Thetford Forest. July 14.

11:53 15 July 2012

The Darkness at Thetford Forest. Pic by Victoria Leggett.

The Darkness at Thetford Forest. Pic by Victoria Leggett.

Archant

The much-loved skin-tight catsuit made a welcome return at what Justin Hawkins last night described as an “emotional homecoming” gig for The Darkness at Thetford Forest.

In the shadows of the canopy of trees, the Lowestoft rockers performed a set which included a host of old tunes from their first two albums as well as giving a further hint of what is to coming from their forthcoming third album Hot Cakes.

Saturday’s gig, the last of this year’s series of Forestry Commission shows, was the third time The Darkness had performed in front of a home crowd since reforming last year.

The forest clearing seemed made for the band’s energetic brand of Glam Rock, infectious guitar riffs, sing-a-long choruses and, of course, Hawkins’ belting falsetto.

Songs like I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Growing on Me and Friday Night reminded the eclectic crowd why we all first fell in love with the band nine years ago.

And, with a similar mixture of often ludicrous yet cleverly thought out and even occasionally touching lyrics, the new material – including Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us – gave us hope the long-awaited third album would not disappoint when it is released next month.

Frontman Hawkins was joined on stage by the original line-up of brother Dan Hawkins on guitar, bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Ed Graham.

But, as always, it was the lead singer who kept the crowd enthralled as he chatted to the audience, did a headstand mid song and launched the now-familiar search for his and Dan’s parents who were apparently among the onlookers in the forest.

By the time of the encore, which included Hazel Eyes and Love on the Rocks With No Ice, a few drops of rain had begun to fall but it did nothing to put off fans who had, until that point, been treated to a beautiful evening in the forest clearing.

Support came from Diss band Walkway and American group Black Stone Cherry, who both had plenty of fans in the crowd and did a great job of warming us all up in between helpings from our picnics.

1 comment

  • i was pleasantly surprised. The darkness cut it live remarkably well! Black stone cherry were awesome, their next cd should outdo the last albums top 20 placing! walkway have a good future. Great evening, well organised, even the car parking!!!

    Report this comment

    simon taylor

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Other Thetford and Brandon events

Yesterday, 14:19
Then and Now: The cast of the new Dad's Army film starring Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Tom Courtenay, Bill Paterson, Michael Gambon, Blake Harrison and Daniel Mays

Dad’s Army has always had a special place in the hearts of East Anglian viewers. David Croft, the co-writer and creator of the classic TV series, lived in Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, while much of the location filming was done in and around Thetford. We have always claimed Dad’s Army as part of Suffolk’s cultural heritage, so we were always going to have a keen interest in the new big screen version of the film. So what’s it like?

Yesterday, 11:48
Scenes from the 2016 Chinese New Year Celebrations held at King's Lynn Town Hall. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Weeks of celebrations are underway in Norfolk as people welcome the start of the Chinese New Year today.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
James Bay at Thetford Forest

Singer-songwriter James Bay doesn’t get much time to reconnect with his North Herts roots since taking the music world by storm.

Friday, January 29, 2016
Ex West Suffolk College student Alex Unsworth who recently worked on the latest Star Wars film is revisiting his old college to speak to students.

At just 20-years-old, former West Suffolk College arts student Alex Unsworth has an impressive CV, having recently landed a job designing sets for a horror film after learning his trade on the latest Star Wars movie.

Most Read

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition