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After thrilling sold-out crowds with their critically acclaimed U.S. tour last month, are honored to announce they’ll join Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way Ball’ Tour’ for Summer 2012. Invited by Gaga herself, will provide main support for the dates across Europe. Before joining Lady Gaga, return to Australia for the first time in six years (their Melbourne show sold out within an hour this past Friday). Next, they’ll head to the U.S. in May for select dates as well as three festival appearances: Saturday, May 19 at InfieldFest (Baltimore, MD), Sunday, May 20 at Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH) and Saturday, May 26 at Rocklahoma. They’ll perform festivals across the U.K. and Europe as well as a hometown outdoor headlining gig at Thetford Fest in Suffolk before teaming up with Lady Gaga. See all confirmed dates below, and tickets are available now at:

“I’ve been living with my Lady Gaga secret for many moons and it’s such a relief to be able to tell folk at last. I was beginning to go insane,” says lead vocalist JUSTIN HAWKINS. “She is the best pop star of the 21st century bar none and we’re honoured to have been selected.  2012 has been the most brilliant of years so far, and it’s about to get even more magnificent!”

Since THE DARKNESSJUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/guitars), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass) and ED GRAHAM (drums)–resumed active service almost 12 months ago on the main stage of 2011’s Download Festival with their original line-up, the British group have accomplished a lot. They’ve completed sold out tours of the UK and North America; were featured in a Superbowl ad (broadcast to over 100 million viewers in the tense fourth quarter of the game); finished recording their long-awaited third album and first offering in eight years (as-yet-untitled, release date TBA); and released a free teaser track and video, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’.

Due out late summer, the album marks the follow-up to the group’s multi-platinum debut Permission To Landwhich spawned fan favorites “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman–as well as the revered One-Way Ticket To Hell And Back which featured “One Way Ticket” and “Is It Just Me?”

THE DARKNESS are poised to hit the stratosphere in 2012 and beyond.

THE DARKNESS Headlining shows and Festivals 2012:

Date City Venue
Fri 5/4 Brisbane, Australia Eaton Hill
Sat 5/5 Newcastle, Australia Workers
Sun 5/6 Sydney, Australia Roundhouse
Tue 5/8 Melbourne, Australia Palace
Wed 5/9 Melbourne,  Australia Palace
Thurs 5/10 Canberra, Australia ANU
Sat 5/12 Adelaide, Australia
Fri 5/18 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
Sat 5/19 Baltimore, MD InfieldFest
Sun 5/20 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range   Festival
Tue 5/22 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Wed 5/23 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Fri 5/25 Austin, TX Stubb’s
Sat 5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma Festival
Sun 5/27 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
Fri 6/8 Solvesburg, Sweden Sweden Rock
Sat 6/16 Spain Azkena Rock Festival
Sat 6/23 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal   Festival
Sun 6/24 UK Isle of Wight Festival
Fri 6/29 Belgrade, Serbia Usce Park
Fri 7/6 Kinross, Scotland T in the Park
Sun 7/8 France Sonisphere
Sat 7/14 Suffolk, UK Thetford Forest
Sun 7/22 Palma de Mallorca,   Spain Iberostar Stadium (w/   Guns’n’Roses)
Sat 8/4 Oder, Poland Woodstock   Festival
All dates below, with LADY GAGA:
Tue 8/14 Sofia, Bulgaria Vasil Levski National   Stadium
Thu 8/16 Bucharest, Romania Arena Nationala   Stadium
Sat 8/18 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
Tue 8/21 Vilnius, Lithuania Vingis Park
Thu 8/23 Riga, Latvia Mezaparks
Sat 8/25 Tallinn Tallinn Song Festival   Grounds
Mon 8/27 Helsinki, Finland Hartwell Arena
Thu 8/30 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
Sun 9/2 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium
Tue 9/4 Koln, Germany Lanxess Arena
Sat 9/8 London, UK Twickenham
Tue 9/11 Manchester, UK Evening News Arena
Sat 9/15 Dublin. Ireland Aviva Stadium
Mon 9/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
Sat 9/22 Paris, France Stade de France
Mon 9/24 Hannover, Germany TUI Arena
Wed 9/26 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
Sat 9/29 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
Tue 10/2 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Thu 10/4 Nice, France Stade Charles-Ehrmann
Sat 10/6 Barcelona, Spain Palau St Jordi!/TheDarkness  

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