The Darkness announce new album ‘Motorheart’ and 2021 UK tour

It's time "to rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork", apparently

The Darkness have shared details of their seventh album ‘Motorheart’ and announced a UK tour.

The band’s seventh album is released on October 15 via Cooking Vinyl, preceding a 22-date tour this November and December.

Fans who pre-order ‘Motorheart’ before next Thursday (June 10) will gain access to tour ticket pre-sales ahead of them going on general sale. Tickets will later be available here.


The glam rockers will head out on the road with support from British Lion, the side project of legendary Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris.

Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins said in a statement: “The time has come, the walrus said…to put your fookin pants on your head and rock like Satan is eating your private parts with a pointy fork! Yes, we, The Darkness, are the fuck back on tour, praise Satan’s better half…come and party with us like it’s the last orders at the last chance saloon.

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness
Justin Hawkins of The Darkness

“Which it may well be, but I wouldn’t like to comment any further on that. Get in kids, it’s the Darkness, wot you knows and luvs, plus British Lion – Steve Harris’ top rock band who are guaranteed to blow your socks straight up your welcoming arses. What a night! Delirium! Outfits, including hats! Denim that smells of hamsters! Who doesn’t want that? See you down the front, connoisseurs of the finest that life has to offer…”

The Darkness UK tour 2021:

Wednesday 17 – Brighton Dome, Brighton
Friday 19 – Winter Gardens, Margate
Saturday 20 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Sunday 21 – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
Tuesday 23 – UEA, Norwich
Wednesday 24 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Friday 26 – The Hexagon, Reading
Saturday 27 – The Great Hall, Cardiff
Monday 29 – The Great Hall, Exeter
Tuesday 30 – G Live, Guilford


Thursday 2 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
Friday 3 – Academy, Manchester
Saturday 4 – Bonus Arena, Hull
Monday 6 – The Victoria, Stoke-on-Trent
Tuesday 7 – O2 Academy, Bristol
Thursday 9 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
Friday 10 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
Saturday 11 – O2 Academy, Leeds
Monday 13 – Rock City, Nottingham
Tuesday 14 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Thursday 16 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Friday 17 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

In other news, last year Hawkins was hospitalised with chemical burns after freak accident.

The singer and guitarist revealed how he was rushed to hospital last summer after his shorts melted onto his skin. He was covered in toxic pool chemicals after an attempt to fix the swimming pool at his home in Switzerland went wrong.