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The Darkness drummer’s link to Lynn as band prepares for Festival Too

PUBLISHED: 11:07 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2018

Rufus Taylor & Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. Picture: Paul John Bayfield

Rufus Taylor & Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. Picture: Paul John Bayfield

Paul John Bayfield

As The Darkness prepares to rock ‘til the sun goes down in King’s Lynn, their drummer’s special link to the town is revealed.

The Darkness drummer Rufus Taylor, son of Lynn-born Queen drummer Roger Taylor. Picture: Paul BayfieldThe Darkness drummer Rufus Taylor, son of Lynn-born Queen drummer Roger Taylor. Picture: Paul Bayfield

The Lowestoft-born band will be headlining the final weekend of Festival Too tomorrow night at the Tuesday Market Place.

The night will see the noughties rock band perform much-loved classics from their 2003 debut album Permission to Land, which spawned a series of hit singles including I Believe In A Thing Called Love, Growing On Me and Love Is Only A Feeling.

Founded in 2003, brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins, alongside Frankie Poullain and Ed Graham gave birth to one of the most successful bands in the UK.

The Darkness fell apart in 2006 after lead singer and guitarist Justin checked into rehab for alcohol and drug abuse, but they reformed in 2011 with Rufus Tiger-Taylor replacing drummer Ed Graham.

Queen in 1976, with King's Lynn-born drummer Roger Taylor (second right). Photo: PA WireQueen in 1976, with King's Lynn-born drummer Roger Taylor (second right). Photo: PA Wire

Tiger-Taylor also has a special connection to King’s Lynn - his father, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, was born and bred in the town.

In 1949, he was born in what was known as the West Norfolk and Lynn Hospital, off London Road, at the same time the Queen Mother visited the hospital to officially open the maternity ward.

She had spoken to 16 mothers in the ward, including Roger Taylor’s mother, Winifred, who lived with her husband Michael at 87 High Street, in the centre of town.

Roger Taylor later lived in Beulah Street in Gaywood and attended Rosebery Avenue School before he and his family moved to Cornwall.

His son, Rufus Tiger Taylor, lends his inherited drumming skills to the Darkness’s fifth album Pinewood Smile which was released last year.

On Saturday, the evening will begin with a performance from the King Edward Seventh band followed by the 2018 Battle of the Bands final winners and The Landed.

Ahead of the headline act will be Bear Club, a band which formed in 2016 covering a multitude of songs from Rihanna to Wham.

Festival Too, now in its 33rd year, has grown to be one of the largest free outdoor festivals in Europe, entertaining hundreds of thousands of people.

Last weekend, more than 10,000 people packed out the Tuesday Market Place to see Pixie Lott perform at Festival Too.

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