THE DARKNESS Announces 20th-Anniversary Reissue Of 'Permission To Land'

July 6, 2023

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of "Permission To Land", the chart-topping, award-winning, multi-platinum debut album from THE DARKNESS, the British rockers have announced "Permission To Land… Again", a special 20th-anniversary reissue collection due on October 6 via Warner Music.

Britain's beloved rock band celebrate this landmark with a special 4-CD/DVD release including the original album, rare B-sides, bonus unreleased demos, as well as live albums from their iconic shows at London's Astoria (2003),Knebworth (in support of Robbie Williams in 2003) and Wembley Arena (2004). A 2-CD edition with a reduced track listing is also available.

Footage of the Knebworth and Astoria shows have been captured on the DVD, as well as the music videos for their hit singles "I Believe In A Thing Called Love", "Get Your Hands Off My Woman", "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)" and more. There is also a "History Of The Darkness" documentary including various behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes from the "Permission To Land" era.

"Permission To Land…Again" is also releasing on 5-LP, mirroring the 4-CD track listing. The original 1-LP, which has long been out of print since the original pressing in 2003, has now been made available to purchase once again, alongside a new special blue and black marbled limited-edition color variant.

Having further polished their eternal rock stardom alongside GUNS N' ROSES at BST Hyde Park last week, THE DARKNESS are heading out on a world tour starting in the U.S. on October 3 in San Francisco and wrapping up in Washington, D.C. on October 22 before heading to Europe. The shows promise to be a grand spectacle with the band playing the foot-stomping, guitar-wailing, groove-making masterpiece album in full, alongside a "Best Of The Rest" set, stuffed to the gills with all the hits and fan favorites from their six subsequent studio albums.

"Permission To Land...Again" (20th-anniversary edition)


LP1: "Permission To Land" (2003)
LP2: Studio bonus tracks (2001-2003)
LP3: Singles & B-Sides
LP4: Live at Knebworth (2003)
LP5: Live at The Astoria (2003)


CD1: "Permission To Land" + bonus tracks (demos)
CD2: Singles, B-Sides, and non-album tracks


CD1: "Permission To Land" + bonus tracks (demos)
CD2: Singles, B-Sides and non-album tracks
CD3: Live at Knebworth (2003) and Live at The Astoria (2003)
CD4: Live at Wembley (2004)
DVD: Promo videos, extra features, Live at Knebworth (2003),Live at The Astoria (2003)


* "Permission To Land" (2003)
* Bonus tracks (demos)
* Singles, B-sides and non-album tracks
* Live at Knebworth (2003)
* Live at The Astoria (2003)
* Live at Wembley (2004)

"Permission To Land" was originally released in 2003 via Atlantic Records and stormed to the top of the U.K. albums chart, where it remained for four weeks, and spent 53 weeks in the Top 100. It landed the band three Brit Awards, including "British Album Of The Year", "British Group" and "British Rock Act", where they fended off competition from the likes of BLUR, RADIOHEAD, SUGABABES, MUSE, PRIMAL SCREAM and more. The record has sold over 1.4 million copies to date.

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