Lowestoft band The Darkness hold their own festival in London

The Darkness. Photo: Marianne Harris

The Darkness. Photo: Marianne Harris - Credit: Archant

Darknesstival kicked off at The O2 in London today, celebrating all things to do with local rockers The Darkness.

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Their festive hit, Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End), is now as synonymous with December as bad cracker jokes, tinsel and television specials but their love of Yuletide doesn't stop there.

To mark their favourite holiday, The Darkness organised a very special fan event at Indigo at The O2 arena, called DARKNESSTIVAL, hosted by Scuzz TV presenter Matthew Stocks and Music/Fashion blogger Sophie Eggleton.

The one day convention featured a memorabilia and photography exhibition of rare and unseen items and photos, a green screen 'be in the band' experience, a Q&A with the band, a 360 Degree Virtual Reality concert screening, masterclasses, a table tennis competition where finalists faced off against band members Justin and Rufus, as well as an exclusive performance of new songs and old favourites.

In a comment on The O2 website, the band, who hail from Lowestoft, Suffolk, said: 'Christmas comes but once a year, so they say, and with out new album in the bag and ready for release in 2017, we want to spend Christmas with our fans at the IndigO2!'


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As well as organising this event, The Darkness have also been busy playing mainstages at a selection of festivals throughout the year.

• Did you attend DARKNESSTIVAL? Email your photos to courtney.pochin@archant.co.uk

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