Hayes heads our way

MULTI-MILLION selling Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hayes is on his way to Ipswich.The former Savage Garden frontman is hitting the road in November on his UK Dark Light Tour 2004 and is booked in for a performance at the Regent on November 27.

MULTI-MILLION selling Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hayes is on his way to Ipswich.

The former Savage Garden frontman is hitting the road in November on his UK Dark Light Tour 2004 and is booked in for a performance at the Regent on November 27. Tickets for the date are on sale from today.

The announcement of the tour coincides with the release of Darren's second solo album, The Tension and The Spark, which is available from Monday.

It comes two years after his debut solo release, Spin, and was recorded in a bedroom at his home – albeit a bedroom with state-of-the-art recording equipment.


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It has also seen him embark on a new musical direction, with its collection of pop tunes blended with experimental electronica and deeply confessional and often confrontational lyrics.

The Dark Light tour has been so named to reflect the personal emotional journey described in the album.

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Darren said: "It's an album that describes a personal journey from darkness into light. From blame to forgiveness and finally, to the acceptance that everything, even misery, happens for a reason.

"And at the end of the day, there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

Darren's musical career began almost ten years ago when, in the summer of 1995 in the spare bedroom of producer Charles Fisher's Sydney home, he wrote the vocals tracks for Truly Madly Deeply.

Little did he know at that time, but the track, released by his former duo Savage Garden, would change his life forever, selling millions of copies the world over and spurring the accompanying album Affirmation on to equal success.

Since going solo his run of success has continued and critics have already been praising the electro-pop tracks on The Tension and the Spark as offering some of his best songwriting yet.

n Darren Hayes will be at Ipswich Regent on November 27. Tickets cost £23.50 and are available at the Central Box Office, in Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100 or online at www.ipswichregent.com

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