Live Review: The Darkness @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 2020

Last Friday really bad news spread all over internet. The government started to take strenuous measures to try to fight against the Coronavirus and big festivals like Download and Splendour in the Grass were cancelled. Of course, several shows all around Sydney were also postponed or cancelled as the number of people attending their shows represented a risk that should be avoided right now.

So it was natural to expect The Darkness show would be cancelled but it wasn’t and apparently nobody who bought the tickets even months ago missed the opportunity to be there, in what could be the last show who knows for how long.

The show was sold out weeks ago, the last time the band came down under was more than ten years ago. Supporting the show were Southern River Band from Perth, and let me tell you something – those guys know how to play, how to perform and how to have fun! The perfect band to shake your body to and warm up before The Darkness.

The Darkness are a big band. Their first record, with sales of over 1.3 million, made a huge impact on the music scene worldwide and it was not unusual to see the band playing at the biggest festivals. Their second record followed the same path and it was clear that we’d hear more and more about them. Then came an unscheduled hiatus. After some time away from the scene, the original members came back together and a few weeks ago released their newest record “Easter is Cancelled” – ironically the perfect time for what is happening nowadays!

They hit the stage and everybody went nuts. Of course, classic hits like “One ticket to hell” “I believe in a thing called love” “Love is only a feeling” and “Growing on me” were played and of course, everybody sang along. By the way, it’s confirmed – Justin Hawkins is one of the biggest rock vocalists. You never really know listening to the records how much is real and how much is fixed at the studio but in his case it is 100% real. It doesn’t matter what type of song, he sang every song showing us how it’s done. The band delivered more than one and half hour of pure rock – singing, dancing and giving the crowd something else really important – a moment to forget the uncertainty of the situation we face right now.
The Darkness never disappoint and this time it wasn’t an exception. As a famous band once said… The show must go on…. But this time we don’t know when.